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Kayo Yasuhara

Okuni

Performance | Spectacle

Montréal  QC
March 18-20 mars 2016
18, 19 @ 8:00 | 20:00
Matinée: 19, 20 @ 3:00 | 15:00

Studio 303
372 rue Sainte-Catherine O
514-393-3771 
$20 | 20$

Okuni is a dance and theater show based on the life of Izumo no Okuni, founder of Kabuki. Creation and interpretation by Kayo Yasuhara, original music by Kota Nakamura Kim Ignatius with the taiko.

Izumo no Okuni (1572-1613) is considered the founder of Kabuki theater. She invented a new dance style in Kyoto where she acquired the status of a real star. She was renowned for her interpretations of the opposite sex, especially her roles samurai and Christian priests. Kabuki has become a representative form of Japanese theater and is currently the most popular Japanese traditional theater styles in terms of audience. Now interpreted by men, we forget completely that it was created by a woman.

The play presented by Kayo Yasuhara unveils the milestones in the life of this great creative that was Okuni. Loosely based on the novel by Sawako Ariyoshi, Kabuki Dancer, it speaks of youth, of love, of faith but also of jealousy, deceit and death.

The opening is done using a kamishibai, image theater illustrated by Line Michaud. This introduction presents the founding myths of Japan: that of Amaterasu, the sun goddess who gave back her light to Japan thanks to the cunning of a dancer, Izumi. This is to make a parallel with Okuni who brought her light to Japanese theater thanks to dance and creativity.

On stage: Kayo Yasuhara, dancer and narrator, creator of the room and choreography, also ensures the stage. Kota Nakamura, composer and performer of his music accompanied by Elizabeth Caty on flute, Ignatius Kim with drums and Yuki Isami on shamisen.

The charm of Kabuki is revealed here on a scene from Quebec, and we bring a bit of the culture of the country of the rising sun.

For tickets and more information visit eventbrite.ca.

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