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Rakugo Workshop for Artists - by Showko Showfukutei

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The Bondi Pavilion

Queen Elizabeth Dr

Bondi, NSW 2026

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Expand your cultural horizons with this introductory workshop into a 400 year old Japanese storytelling technique. This is a rare opportunity for Australian performers to learn from Showko - The only professionally trained Japanese Rakugo artist currently working outside of Japan.

Rakugo is a form of entertainment best described as Japanese sit-down comedy or comic story telling. During a show the Rakugo performer sits on a small pillow dressed in a kimono and acts out the whole story by themselves equipped with only a fan (Sensu) and hand towel (Tenugui) to help convey ideas.

A Rakugo story is told through the conversations between characters, therefore, the performer must be able play the role of each distinct character by changing personality, facial expression, mannerisms, speech, etc.. In most cases the characters have strong stereotypical personalities and characteristics so that as the performer switches from one character to another the audience readily detects the change.

This is a 4hr hands-on learning session which covers:

  • Introduction and history of Rakugo
  • Understanding the different types of Japanese comedy
  • How to perform Rakugo
  • Introduction to Rakugo stories and jokes
  • How to wear and fold Kimono which is Rakugo costume
  • Each student performs Rakugo at the end of the class.

Tickets are $80 at the door but must be reserved beforehand.

*Limited to only 30 spaces

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