▼What is the Kaitai-Shinsho ?
In this series, Mansai Nomura, Artistic Director of Setagaya Public Theatre (SePT), invites a range of guests to join him in exploring the origins of various contemporary Japanese art forms by examining their constituent parts. Through this process they also aim to seek out new approaches to theatre creation.
Each edition of Kaitai-Shinsho features specialists from different fields discussing a chosen theme, and sometimes performing, as they and their host delve into the roots and essence of Japan’s stage arts.
It is hoped these talk-and-perform-style events will be welcomed by audiences eager not just to see works on stage, but to study performing arts in more depth.
The theme for the 31st installment of our MANSAI: Kaitai-shinsho series is “Transversal: The Fundamentals Bridging Language and Interpretation.”
The guest speaker will be Hakuzan Kanda the 6th, a renowned practitioner of kodan (traditional Japanese historical storytelling).
Kanda’s conversation with kyogen (traditional Japanese comic theater) performer Mansai Nomura will explore the fundamental nature of artistic expression.
Don’t miss this one of a kind event!
Born in Tokyo on April 5, 1966, Mansai Nomura is the eldest son of the designated Living National Treasure and kyogen actor Manzo Nomura. Now a designated Important Intangible Cultural Asset himself, Nomura was appointed as the Artistic Director of Setagaya Public Theatre in 2002.
He is extremely active as a performer in both kyogen and noh, in Japan and internationally, and a popular actor in films and TV dramas. He directed and acted in plays including Atsushi – Sangetsuki Meijinden, Kuninusubito, Requiem on the Great Meridian and Macbeth, incorporating elements of traditional Japanese performing arts.
Nomura has received the National Arts Festival Award for Best New Talent and Best Actor, the Newcomers Art Encouragement Award, and the Asahi Performing Arts Award. With the rerun of Requiem on the Great Meridian at SePT in 2017, he won the Mainichi Art Award for Best Director and the Yomiuri Drama Award for Best Play. Finally, he is the Chief Executive Director of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics opening and closing ceremonies.
◆Hakuzan Kanda the 6th
Born in Tokyo in 1983. Practitioner of kodan. Member of the Kodan Association of Japan and the Rakugo Association. He began studying under Shori Kanda the 3rd in 2007, performing under the stage name Matsunojo. He achieved the rank of futatsume in June 2012.Then, in February 2020, he reached the highest rank of shin’uchi and took on a new stage name, beginning to perform as Hakuzan Kanda the 6th.
He is able to tell over 150 stories, and his solo performances immediately sell out. He is one of the most successful performers in the field, and he is on the cutting edge of efforts to promote kodan storytelling as an art form. His hobby is attending performances of rakugo (traditional Japanese comedic storytelling).
Major publications include: An Occupation on the Verge of Extinction: Living as a Kodan Storyteller (a collection of conversations with author Matsukoi Sugie, published by Shinchosha), Matsunojo Kanda’s Introduction to Kodan (Kawade Shobo Shinsha), A Kanda Picture Book (Kodansha), and Pen Books: Spotlight on Matsunojo Kanda, which was later revised and expanded as Pen Books: Spotlight on Hakuzan Kanda the 6th, Formerly Known as Matsunojo Kanda (CCC Media House).
Cast & Creative
Planned by Mansai Nomura
Cast： Mansai Nomura, Hakuzan Kanda
A childcare service is normally available for performances staged at Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram for which advance tickets are sold.
|Charge:||¥2,200 per child|
|Eligibility:||Children aged over 6 months and up to 9 years of age|
|Applications:||Tel. 03-5432-1526 Setagaya Public Theatre
You may reserve childcare services up to noon of the day 3 days before the desired reservation time, but when the number of children registered reaches capacity, applications will closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, please consult with the theatre regarding children with special needs.
|Subcontractor:||Kids’ Room Tinker bell Sancha|
Both Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram are equipped with wheelchair spaces to allow visitors to watch performances from their wheelchairs. However, as capacity is limited, use of wheelchair spaces is by reservation only.
|Charge:||10% discount on the corresponding area ticket charge (plus up to one attendant free of charge)|
|Applications:||Tel. 03-5432-1515 Theatre Ticket Centre|
Wheelchair spaces may be reserved up to 19:00 on the day before the desired date, but when the number of reservations reaches capacity, applications will be closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, for wheelchair users who prefer to watch the performance from a regular seat, the theatre will smoothly guide them too and from their seat. Please contact the theatre in advance to take advantage of this service.