RAKU-GO: Japanese comic storytelling with KOHARUDANJI


From ghosts to geisha, samurai to salarymen, award winner Koharudanji draws on 300 years experience to bring them to life. Seated on a silk cushion, with only a fan and handkerchief as props, Koharudanji tells a selection of classic stories such as the perennial favorite boy meets girl, meets cow. A mooving tail of a horny guy falling for an udderly bovine beauty races past-your-eyes. Accompanied by shamisen (three string banjo) and traditional drum, the storyteller will give an amusing introduction to this unique Japanese tradition. The one hour show is in Japanese with English sub-titles.

Since the late 16th century Raku-go, which literally means falling words (punch lines), has entertained generation after generation of Japanese. Unlike the rarefied style of Kabuki and Noh, Raku-go tells of the trials and tribulations of the man--and of course woman--in the street. Over the centuries, the popularity of Raku-go continued to grow and by the early 1900's there were over 250 Raku-go theatres in Tokyo alone. Despite being suppressed during the war years for refusing to incorporate military propaganda, Raku-go bounced back in the 1950's with the arrival of television. In the few years since its European premier, Raku-go continues to delight people across Europe with Koharudanji's winning combination of Japanese tradition and absurdist hilarity.

produced by Michael Jackson
flyer design by John Wells
web design by KISETSUGA

Mediaworks Japan