“Shishimai” by Kosuke Urushikubo
For our production “Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery,” which is currently on tour, Kodo has arranged various regional folk performing arts for the stage, including the serpent dance Jamai and the demon-like beings known as Namahage.
Another folk art featured is a Japanese lion dance, Shishimai, and I am in charge of moving the lion’s head for this piece. Shishimai is found at festivals all over Japan and the style varies from place to place. For example, regional differences can include the number of people inside the lion, the expression of the lion’s face, the patterns on the lion’s body, and the movements of the lion.
I had never experienced Shishimai firsthand because there wasn’t a local festival with a lion dance where I grew up, so for this production I had to study about it. I watch the video recording after each performance to check how the dance went. I look to see how I can move the lion’s head, with its static facial expression, to make the audience feel its emotions and also how this lion is reacting and interacting each time with the female performers it meets on stage.
The spring tour of “Mystery” will continue until July 19.
I look forward to seeing you all at one of the theaters nationwide!
“Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Mystery” Asakusa Performances
June 21 (Sat) – 25 (Wed) Asakusa Public Hall, Tokyo
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Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Mystery
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