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Aug
23
Fri
2019
Origami Soundscapes X The Crane @ Arcola Theatre
Aug 23 – Aug 24 all-day
Origami Soundscapes X The Crane @ Arcola Theatre

Grimeborn Opera Festival

8pm 23rd August
3pm 24th August
8pm 24th August

Origami and music. A multi-media opera installation. Verity Lane‘s two-part project draws on her 10 years’ experience of living in Japan, exploring classical Japanese traditions with a uniquely avant-garde twist.

A brand-new performance project with music, stories and concept by Verity Lane, Origami Soundscapes: Flower, Bird, Wind & Moon explores ancient symbolism and Japanese birdsong, featuring a large-scale origami performance by Coco Sato, percussion, shakuhachi and storytelling.

The Crane reimagines a Japanese folk story about a magical crane that takes human form, set around Hokkaido’s Otowa Bridge. This mystical opera installation explores traditional Japanese aesthetics through a blend of Noh theatre conventions, traditional and contemporary dance, avant-garde music and animation.

Sung in English and Japanese without surtitles.

Music and Libretto (English and Japanese) by Verity Lane

Supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

https://www.facebook.com/events/342669456446524/

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Verity Lane/music, words, creative directer
Coco Sato/Giant Origami
Beibei Wang/Percussion
Mirei Yazawa/Dance
Tomoko Komura/Voice
Hester Dart/Voice
Kiku Day/Shakuhachi
Rowan O’Brien/Animator

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Verity Lane
Born in Tottenham and spending nearly a decade in Japan, visual artist, composer and writer Verity Lane specialises in creating highly visual performance installations for traditional Japanese instruments. and beyond.
Her recent multi-media projects include A Thousand Bamboo in a Dancing Wind (performance installation for 300 shakuhachi, 2 dancers, projection and performance poetry, commissioned by The World Shakuhachi Festival, held at Goldsmiths, 2018), Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime (supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation), and Japanese Sandscapes: The Tale of Mt Fuji where she worked with artists including Ko Ishikawa (sho/Reigakusha), Etsuko Takezawa (koto/shamisen) and Kaho Aso (traditional Japanese dance/kotsuzumi). Both projects saw Lane launch herself within London’s avant garde music scene, selling out venues across London.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/veritycomposer/

Coco Sato is an award-winning Japanese artist based in the UK. Her work uses origami to change the way people see the world.
https://www.facebook.com/GiantOrigami/

Mirei Yazawa is a performance artist based in London.

Beibei Wang is a genre defying percussionist based in London.
https://www.facebook.com/beibeiwangmusic/

Tomoko Komura is a London based performer from Japan, trained at the London International School of Performing Arts with an MFA in Lecoq-based Actor-Created Theatre (2006). She has performed and toured in shows by award-winning theatre companies such as Theatre Ad Infinitum (Ballad of the Burning Star), Theatre Témoin (Jukai) and Out of Chaos (Out of Chaos).

Kiku Day is a shakuhachi player based in Denmark.
http://www.kikuday.com/

Hester Dart is a London based contralto and graduate from the University of Leeds. They study with Prof. Neil Baker and are currently finishing their second year at the Morley College Opera School. Hester is particularly interested in promoting the work of
LGBTQ+ composers and musicians. They would like to contribute towards a more inclusive and accessible environment within classical music and opera.

Rowan O’Brien is a renowned animator and 3D artist from the West Coast of Ireland. He mixes sketches, objects, computer animation, and video in his work. He has screened and exhibited work across Europe, South Korea and Japan, where he lived and studied Japanese fabric craft known as oshie.

Aug
25
Sun
2019
Artist Talk by Keiko Takemiya @ Foyles Bookstore
Aug 25 @ 2:30 pm
Artist Talk by Keiko Takemiya @ Foyles Bookstore

Legendary manga artist Keiko Takemiya gives an exclusive talk this August!

Keiko Takemiya is arguably one of the most influential manga artists in Japan. Starting her career as an artist in late 1960 while still a teenager, her fame rapidly grew to stardom. This reached a new height in the 1970s when she became a seminal member of “the Fabulous Year 24 Group” – a new wave of female authors that revolutionised manga by developing new drawing techniques and introducing unconventional subject matters to the genre of girls’ manga, such as science fiction, fantasy, as well as boys’ love. Takemiya’s representative manga, The Poem of Wind and Trees (1977-80), which has sold nearly 5 million copies so far, is praised by critics and readers alike as a monumental work that laid the foundation for the rapidly growing genre of boys’ love within manga. In addition to her creative work, Takemiya has been a great advocate of preserving this nation-specific graphic art form as a cultural asset and was the first manga artist in Japan to be elected as President of an academic institution.
During this very special talk and in a rare appearance Takemiya, in conversation with comics historian Paul Gravett, will discuss her extensive career as one of Japan’s leading manga artists, and her inspirations behind iconic works such as To Terra… (1976-84) which shaped the precedent for female manga artists to create stories for a young male readership. Reflecting on the development of the narrative art form in Japan, she will also review what manga has meant to her and the society at large.

Image Credit: ©To Terra…, KeikoTAKEMIYA

This event is held in collaboration with Foyles Bookstore.

Sep
21
Sat
2019
SSA Introductory Sake Professional (in English) @ VSF Wine Education
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
SSA Introductory Sake Professional (in English) @ VSF Wine Education

The Introductory Saké Professional course is the first step to entering the saké sommelier world.

This course represents a unique opportunity for saké enthusiasts or front-of-house staff to further their understanding of saké from its origins and serving etiquette to its ingredients and production, as well as an introduction to the differences between various types of saké.

This course includes a range of the finest sakés available and guests receive a certificate from the Sake Sommelier Association (SSA) for their participation.

Sep
22
Sun
2019
SSA Introductory Sake Professional (in French) @ VSF Wine Education
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
SSA Introductory Sake Professional (in French) @ VSF Wine Education

The Introductory Saké Professional course is the first step to entering the saké sommelier world.

This course represents a unique opportunity for saké enthusiasts or front-of-house staff to further their understanding of saké from its origins and serving etiquette to its ingredients and production, as well as an introduction to the differences between various types of saké.

This course includes a range of the finest sakés available and guests receive a certificate from the Sake Sommelier Association (SSA) for their participation.

Sep
29
Sun
2019
WSET Level 1 Award in Sake + Mirin-Making Class @ VSF Wine Education
Sep 29 all-day
WSET Level 1 Award in Sake + Mirin-Making Class @ VSF Wine Education

For individuals new to saké study, this qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of saké. You will explore the main types and styles of saké through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe sakés accurately, and make food and saké pairings.

Exclusive mirin-making session – roll your sleeves up and make your own mirin (味醂; a sweet cooking condiment similar to saké) to take home!

Jan
18
Sat
2020
WSET Level 3 Award in Sake + Kanpai Sake Brewery Visit @ VSF Wine Education
Jan 18 – Jan 26 all-day
WSET Level 3 Award in Sake + Kanpai Sake Brewery Visit @ VSF Wine Education

For individuals seeking to develop their expertise in saké, this qualification will provide you with a detailed understanding of the production methods that affect the style, quality and price of saké. Upon completion you will be able to assess sakés accurately, and use this information and your understanding of sakés to make authoritative recommendations.