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Aug
7
Wed
2019
Ainu Othello @ TARA Arts
Aug 7 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 10 @ 9:00 pm

Ainu Othello at TARA ARTSSHAKESPEARE’S MASTERPIECE GETS A POWERFUL JAPANESE REVIVAL

It is 1860, in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Othello is an Ainu, one of the indigenous people of northern Japan. He falls in love with a Japanese woman and is betrayed by a friend (Iago) of mixed Ainu and Japanese heritage.

Lies, manipulation and discrimination are the steadfast roots of jealousy in this epic performance of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.

Ainu Othello is adapted by Kazumi Shimodate, Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Company Japan.

Co-directed by Kazumi Shimodate and Ainu theatre director Debo Akibe, this spectacular production has been staged in Sendai, Tokyo, and Sapporo, opening powerful discussions about discrimination faced by the Ainu, and the prospects for new relationships in the modern era. Each performance will be preceded by a presentation from the Dance Group Piricap.

Ainu Othello is a rare opportunity to see how Shakespeare remains a contemporary chronicler of human prejudices in another part of the globe.

Performed in Japanese

Aug
14
Wed
2019
Koryu Open Evening – Grandmaster Kunio Morimoto (Free) @ St Andrew's Leytonstone
Aug 14 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Koryu Open Evening - Grandmaster Kunio Morimoto (Free) @ St Andrew's Leytonstone

Enjoy this rare opportunity to have a FREE evening taster session with a true old-school master and historian of AUTHENTIC martial arts of feudal Japan. Absolute beginners and all skill levels welcome.

Later in the week we’ll have a day long seminar: https://www.facebook.com/events/678430032553114/

This summer we will be hosting grandmaster Kunio Morimoto of Japan. He is a permanent director of the Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai (www.kobushin.jp) and a member of the Nihon Kobudo Kyokai (www.nihonkobudokyoukai.org). He is also the director of Chugoku and Shikoku Branch of the Japanese Academy of Budo. Quite astonishingly, he holds 3 Menkyo Kaiden ranks (full transmision) in koryu jujutsu, iaido/iaijutsu and kenjutsu.

Morimoto sensei founded the Kanoukan organisation in Japan to promote and preserve the 3 classical samurai martial art styles;
■ 澁川一流柔術 Shibukawa Ichi Ryu Jujutsu
■ 無雙神傳英信流抜刀兵法 Muso Shinden Eishin Ryu Iai Heiho
■ 大石神影流剱術 Oishi Shinkage Ryu Kenjutsu

Morimoto sensei is a master teacher with a keen eye for details and through the styles we practice, he refines bio-mechanics with principles such as posture, relaxation, breathing and use of the tandem (center of mass) to generate power through armed or unarmed combat.

Registration page to be published soon! For more info.
1) Contact jikandojo@hotmail.co.uk or
2) write to our facebook page or
3) Visit our website www.koryu.london/koryu-history

Further private training camps and seminars with Master Morimoto will be held throughout August by invitation only. The best way to get involved with those extra events is to attend any of our open seminars between March to July and enquire in person.

Aug
17
Sat
2019
Masterclass – Koryu Bujutsu with Kunio Morimoto Sensei @ TBC
Aug 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Masterclass - Koryu Bujutsu with Kunio Morimoto Sensei @ TBC

Enjoy this rare opportunity to train with a true old-school master and historian of AUTHENTIC martial arts of feudal Japan.

DATE: 17 August
FEE: £65
VENUE: East London – TBC

This summer we will be hosting grandmaster Kunio Morimoto of Japan. He is a permanent director of the Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai (www.kobushin.jp) and a member of the Nihon Kobudo Kyokai (www.nihonkobudokyoukai.org). He is also the director of Chugoku and Shikoku Branch of the Japanese Academy of Budo. Quite astonishingly, he holds 3 Menkyo Kaiden ranks (full transmision) in koryu jujutsu, iaido/iaijutsu and kenjutsu.

Morimoto sensei founded the Kanoukan organisation in Japan to promote and preserve the 3 classical samurai martial art styles;
■ 澁川一流柔術 Shibukawa Ichi Ryu Jujutsu
■ 無雙神傳英信流抜刀兵法 Muso Shinden Eishin Ryu Iai Heiho
■ 大石神影流剱術 Oishi Shinkage Ryu Kenjutsu

Morimoto sensei is a master teacher with a keen eye for details and through the styles we practice, he refines bio-mechanics with principles such as posture, relaxation, breathing and use of the tandem (center of mass) to generate power through armed or unarmed combat.

Contact jikandojo@hotmail.co.uk for more info.
www.koryu.london/koryu-history

Further private training camps and seminars with Master Morimoto will be held throughout August by invitation only.

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.