Kyogen Workshop and Performance

The Okura School of Kyogen Theatre by the Shigeyama Family


Tuesday, March 23
Sixty high school students from Julian High and Oak Park River Forest High Schools participated in a hands-on workshop with the Shigeyama Family in which they learned about movement and voicing in Kyogen theater. Watch the short video with excerpts from the workshop.


Tuesday March 23 & Wednesday March 24, 2010
International House Assembly Hall
1414 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637
Free and open to the public.

View the Poster | View the video of the entire performance.

About Kyogen

Kyogen is Japan's oldest form of spoken drama. It is closely associated with the Noh drama and was originally performed between the acts of a Noh play. But while Noh themes are mostly solemn, Kyogen presents a comical or satirical view of everyday situations, making it easy to enjoy. Originating from the Muramachi Period of the 14th century, the humorous stories in Kyogen Theater are derived from typical domestic quarrels and marital strife, and each story makes use of circus-like performances. The Shigeyama family has been performing Kyogen for over 400 years. While preserving the authentic style of Kyogen, the Okura School energetically experiments with new types and styles of this ancient comedic theater. During their North American tour, with shows at the Smithsonian Freer Gallery in Washington, DC, and at the University of Chicago's International House, the Okura School will perform "Kaki Yamabushi" (The Permsimmon Thief), "Kusabira" (Mushrooms) and "Sanbaso" (Celebration of Fertility, Good Harvests, and the New Year).


This event was co-sponsored by the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series, the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, the Japan Foundation, and the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago.