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Past
Introducing Traditional Performing Arts:

"Mito Komon Manyuki II"

Naniwabushi and the World of Takeharu Kunimoto:

October 26 (Sun.), 2014  

[All seats reserved]

The Naniwabushi narrative-singing artist Takeharu Kunimoto makes a triumphal return to Art Tower Mito (ATM) after his successful performance here last year, when the jam-packed audience gave him resounding applause. He is currently in the midst of a three-year project producing an original Naniwabushi work for the ACM Theatre entitled "Mito Komon Manyuki" (Mito Komon Travel Sketches). The first installment in the continuing series, entitled "Mito Komon: Seishun-hen" (Mito Komon: Youth Section), was presented last year, with this year's performance—which many people in the community cannot wait to see—representing the second installment.

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Banda.La.Konchan:

"Goensai -- Kondo-san, Dezuppari Datte?"
(Goensai -- Mr. Kondo: You really plan to be on stage the whole time?)

October 19 (Sun.), 2014

[All seats reserved]

Actors: Yoshimasa Kondo, Natsumi Ogawa, Kazuaki Hankai, Satoru Jitsunashi, et al.

Banda.La.Konchan is the name of the one-person acting troupe launched by the popular actor Yoshimasa Kondo. He will appear at ACM Theatre in collaboration with several young theatrical companies (Ao☆Gumi, Nakago, Mrs.fictions, and Nuigurumi Hunter) for an exciting, variety-filled performance.

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Vol. 3, Future Support Project:

Rakugo + Mystery: "Yasashii Shinigami" (The Gentle Reaper )

September 13 (Sat.), 2014, to September 15 (Mon.), 2014

[All seats reserved]

Playwright: Kazuma Yokoyama
Director: Ritsuo Toshima
Actors: Sanya Yanagiya, Gekidan ACM, et al.

Hailing from Hitachi-Ohta City in Ibaraki, the rakugo artist Sanya Yanagiya is the featured performer in Vol. 3 of the Future Support Project. He will take the short mystery story "Yasashii Shinigami" (The Gentle Reaper), which was based on the rakugo classic "Shinigami" (The Reaper), and combine it with rakugo in the performance of a play along with the members of Gekidan ACM. The play is sure to appeal to both mystery fans and rakugo fans alike.

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Past

46th Mito City Art Festival
Theater Festival

August 22 (Fri.), 2014  23 (Sat.),   24 (Sun.),   29 (Fri.),   30 (Sat.),   31 (Sun.),   

[Free Seating]Admission varies depending on each performance.

Over a two-week period, different acting companies will stage performances that make the most of their distinguishing characteristics.


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Karoku Chats with Teenagers!

August 13 (Wed.), 2014

[All seats reserved]

The rakugo artist Karoku Yanagiya will hold a frank talk session with youngsters in their teens, mainly about how he got bad grades when he was younger, and about his decision to become a rakugo artist amidst the great pressure he felt as the grandson of the 'National Treasure' Kosan Yanagiya V (1915-2002). He also will perform some rakugo, giving the audience the opportunity to enjoy classical performance artists from a young age.

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Introducing Traditional Performing Arts:

Solo Performance by Rakugo Artist Karoku Yanagiya

August 12 (Tue.), 2014

[All seats reserved]

A solo performance by the prince of the rakugo world, Karoku Yanagiya. He will perform both original rakugo works and older ones from the classical tradition.

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"Kurai Tokoro kara Yatte Kuru" (They Come from a Dark Place)

July 26 (Sat.), 2014, to July 27 (Sun.), 2014

[Free Seating]

Writer: Tomohiro Maekawa
Director: Eriko Ogawa

A play designed to encourage children to enjoy their summer vacation, produced by a young playwright and director who are getting a lot of attention nowadays. There will be a workshop before the performance for children to experience the theater, letting them appreciate play more deeply.

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46th Mito Art Festival

Ballet Festival

July 20 (Sun.), 2014

Last year performance

[All seats reserved]Admission¥500 for each performance
Tickets on sale date: 6/12(Thu) 2014

Performers: Mizuho Ballet Classroom, Shion Ballet

A recital by local children—ranging in age from kindergarteners to high school students—currently taking ballet lessons. You will be guaranteed an enthusiastic performance.

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William Shakespeare's"Macbeth"

July 12 (Sat.), 2014, to July 13 (Sun.), 2014

[All seats reserved]

Director, main actor: Nomura Mansai
Actors: Natsuko Akiyama, et al.

Performed with only five actors, this version of "Macbeth," originally written around 1606, was staged to great acclaim last year in Seoul and New York. As this year marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, the performance serves as a fitting tribute to the timeless playwright.

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Past
Kayoko Shiraishi's

"One Hundred Stories" Series, #32

Yukio Mishima (1925-70): "Hashizukushi" (The Seven Bridges) (1958)
Kyoka Izumi (1873-1939): "Tenshu Monogatari" (Tales of the Castle Tower) (1917)

July 6 (Sun.), 2014

[All seats reserved]

Actor: Kayoko Shiraishi

Kayoko Shiraishi's life work is to present the "One Hundred Stories" series, which she has been pursuing for more than two decades now. The July performance will be her last one. Enjoy the mellow readings from the mature actress.

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