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2015年05月28日

Japanese tradition of comic storytelling now with global profile  

This Plzeň date came as part of a European tour by rakugo performer Irifunetei Sentatsu also taking in Riga, Latvia; Stockholm, Sweden; and Trier, Germany. In the rakugo art of storytelling, the performer acts all the roles to create the richly varied worlds of his tales while skillfully wielding a fan or a hand towel. Irifunetei preceded his performance with a lecture on the techniques of rakugo, the product of a long and continuous tradition of 200 years, mixing in brief examples for illustration. Czech subtitling was employed during the performance to make this piece of traditional culture more accessible for the local audience. Irifunetei's expert performance, tour leader Petr Holy's careful translation and the staff's teamwork combined for performances that evoked a tremendous response and filled the hall with laughter. The Plzeň performance drew the first standing ovation of this European tour, and the European Capital of Culture proved occasion for heightening interest in rakugo as some spoke hopefully of looking forward to the next performance.

Date:

8 Jun. 2015

Venue:

Mestanska Beseda - JoNas Theatre

Artist:

Irifunetei Sentatsu - Rakugo Irifunetei Kotatsu - Shamisen

2015年05月28日

Czech aikido, boasting a history of 40 years

Aikido is a modern martial art originated by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). The discipline has since developed into a global martial art with aikido organizations and groups in 130 countries around the world, around a hundred overseas missions dispatched annually from the Aikikai Foundation, and visits to the central dojo, or training center, in Tokyo made by practitioners from Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and other places. Founded by volunteers in 1992, the Aikido Dojo Plzeň offers daily training opportunities for both children and adults, and is active in hosting special seminars with instructors from overseas. Hosting a seminar offered by the late Shoji Nishio, who had studied with the founder of aikido, in 1998, and since 1997 engaged in ongoing exchange with Nishio's pupil Koichi Tanaka, the Plzeň dojo's efforts are active and sustained. Dojo leader Jaroslav Sip's efforts facilitated three separate special seminars, training sessions and demonstrations in 2015 with instructors from Japan, Slovenia and Sweden. The Spirit of Harmony has taken deep root, with aikido as the common denominator, as practitioners engage in a sustained training regimen while working hard together in the spirit of self-improvement.

Seminar:

●Weekend Aikido course

Date: 6-7 Jun. 2015  Venue: Aikido dojo Plzen, Mestanska Beseda Shihan (master): Petr Krumphanzl Participants : Minori Suzuki

●International Aikido course

Date: 12-16 Aug. 2015 

Venue: Aikido dojo Plzen  Shihan (master): Koichi Tanaka, Yasuhiko Takemori, Stefan Stenudd

●International Aikido course

Date: 30 Oct. – 1 Nov. 2015 Venue: Aikido dojo Plzen, Shihan (master) : Kei Izawa

 

Embukai:

Date: 7 Jun. 2015 Venue: DEPO2015 Shihan:  Minori Suzuki, Petr Krumphanzl (5th dan)

Cooperation:

Aikido Dojo Pilsen

2015年05月28日

Czech kyogen: 20 years of dedicated learning

Little Kyogen Theatre Nagomi is a troupe of Czech kyogen performers founded by Ondřej Hýbl and others on the occasion of a workshop offered by kyogen master Shigeyama Shime at European Capital of Culture Prague in 2000. After studying kyogen with the Shigeyama family in Kyoto, Hýbl performed in such locations as the Czech Republic, Slovakia and France, and has recently devoted some efforts to workshops. These dates in Pilsen included performances in Czech translation of “Boshibari” and “Kuchimane” that filled the hall with laughter. Kyogen is generally considered a classical form, but Hýbl manages to express its high-quality humor in a way that appeals to contemporary audiences. Made available to the modern world, the quintessence of kyogen is steadily spreading across national borders.

* By January 2016 Little Kyogen Theatre Nagomi had played over 400 performances of Czech-language kyogen in locations around Eastern Europe. The group works to pass the tradition on the next generation with the organization of a children's theater group, and it has won acclaim for its persistent efforts in the performance of high-quality kyogen without sacrificing tradition. Hosei University's Noh Theatre Research Institute awarded the group its 26th Saika Award in 2016.

Program:

Date: 5 Jun. 2015 Venue: Mestanska Beseda - JoNas Theatre Program: "Foxes on the Island of Sado" (Sado Kitsune) "The Tomel Thief" (Kaki yamabushi) "The Snail" (Kagyu) Date: 6 Jun. 2015 Venue: Alfa Theatre - Grand Stage Program: "Plovers" (Chidori) "The Mountain Spring" (Shimizu) "The Voice Behind the Door" (Yobikoe) Date: 7 Jun. 2015 Venue: DEPO2015 Program: "Tied to a pole" (Boshibari) "The Mimics" (Kuchimane)

Artist:

The Little Kyogen Theatre Nagomi  http://www.kjogen.cz/ Shigeyama Shime

2015年05月28日

Japanese culture of calligraphy finding a place in Europe Date: 1 Jun. - 5 Jul. 2015

The carved characters that were the theme of this shodo calligraphy exhibit in Pilsen are one of the modes of expression of shodo that features aesthetic carving of characters into material such as wood. Unlike work done in brush, it is characteristically a three-dimensional form of expression. Making use of coloration, it is also deeply connected with crafts and such arts as sculpture, and is attracting attention as a new avenue of shodo. Focusing particularly on carvings and folding fans, this Pilsner exhibit proved a landmark show such as has rarely ever been put on in Japan. Shodo exhibitions and classes have found a reception in Pilsner over the past some decades, and the opening of this exhibition featuring wide-ranging modes of calligraphic expression other than the brush generated keen interest and drew a large and enthusiastic crowd. With the assistance of Tosen Usuda, representative of the International Shodo Cultural Development Council, the exhibit featured the work of fifty artists. For those of us living in an age brimming with simple icons and images, this exhibition prompting “readings” of the primal messages in the respiration and emotions of these artists as one engages carefully with their work made for a significant project looking back over our daily routines.

Venue:

The Jiri Trnka Gallery

Artists:

USUDA TOSEN, USUDA RUGEN, HIRAYAMA MIDORI, UKITA MINORU, HORI SUIDO, ANZAI YOSHIKO, WATANABE MICHIKO, HATSUMI TAISEI, MARUYAMA YOHI, ASANO KOSEI, IKEYAMA KOSHU, TOYAMA RIEI, MIKI SUIKO, SHIMAMOTO HAKUSHU, KAYANUMA KOCHIKU, NISHIHARA KEIGYOKU, KONDO SAIKA, AKASHI SHINDO, MIURA JUKO, INOUE TODO, OCHIAI KOSEI, HORIUCHI GENRO, IIDA KEIKO, SAITO SEICHO, GOTO TAIHO, HATSUZAWA WADO, SAITO ZUISEN, WATANABE KAEN, HIRAI KOSHU, YODA GYOSHU, SATOYAMA SHOGEN, SAGAWA UNSO, SAGAWA KOKI, HIRATA SEISHU, IOKA HIROMI, MIZUNO JUNKO, MOTOKI FUJIE, WATANABE SEIKO, YAZAWA FUJIO, YOSHIZAKI TSUTOMU, KATO HIROSHI, NISHIYAMA SHURAN, SANO KEISETSU, TADOKORO KOFU, ISHI AKIKO, KIMIZUKA JOKEI, SANTO MICHIKO, YAMASHITA RANTEI, ARAI CHIKEI

2015年05月28日

Bonsai building an international name for itself  

European Capital of Culture Plzeň was occasion for an expanded edition of the International Bonsai Exhibition organized by the Czech Bonsai Association. As well as the bonsai exhibition of some 130 pieces, the schedule featured a convention  for young bonsai talent, workshops and a suiseki exhibition. Highly-skilled bonsai practitioners from Mexico and seven European countries including Belgium, Germany and Poland showed work, and the three-day show was much bruited, drawing over 1400 viewers from within the Czech Republic and from such places as Germany and the Netherlands. To accompany the exhibition, bonsai master Masashi Hirao was invited to conduct workshops. Before visiting  Plzeň, Hirao displayed his talents at the Japanese pavilion at Expo Milan 2015. Hirao is truly active on a global stage.

Date:

5-7 June.  2015

Venue:

Mestanska Beseda - Small Hall, the Atrium, and the Garden with the music pavillion

Main Guests:

Masashi Hirao, Japan Mark Noleanders, Belgie Enrique Castana, Mexico René Alber, Germany Rafal Wodzicki , Poland Luboš Šebek, Czech Republic

2015年05月28日

Emergent Japanese orchestra offers long-awaited performance in European Capital of Culture Plzeň

A product of Europe, classical music is now familiar to people throughout the world. Established in 1956 as the only Japanese orchestra operated by a local authority, the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra this year celebrates its 60th anniversary as a unit with a proud history. For its first overseas performance in eighteen years, the orchestra visited European Capital of Culture Plzeň, followed by dates in Cologne, Amsterdam and Florence on a tour that won acclaim in all four cities. Presented as a highlight of the Plzeň 2015 program, the orchestra was welcomed with such heightened expectations that the City Clubhouse Great Hall had to add extra seating to accommodate the many non-regular subscribers who wished to attend. The performance was a great success as a full house met the high-quality performance, conducted by Junichi Hirokami and featuring the promising young violin soloist Fumiaki Miura, with massive applause in a standing ovation.

Date:

3 Jun. 2015

Venue:

Mestanska Beseda – Main Hall

Program:

Torru Takemitsu: three film themes for string orchestra   Sergei Prokofiev: concert for violin and orchestra, No. 2 in G Minor   Richard Strausse: Symphonic poem "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks", op.28   Richard Strausse: a suite from the opera Der Rosenkavalier, op.59

2015年05月28日

Exhibition of work by Kihachiro Kawamoto, student of puppetry master Jiří Trnka  

2015 marked the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of late puppet animation artist Kihachiro Kawamoto. In the 1960s Kawamoto traveled on his own to Czechoslovakia to study with puppet master Jiří Trnka. As Trnka's birthplace, Pilsen is home to numerous festivals and puppet museums memorializing him that are rooted in the life of the town. To mark its turn as European Capital of Culture, Pilsen 2015 organized a major Trnka retrospective, part of which was a screening of works by Trnka's disciple Kawamoto. To prepare this part of the program Jakub Hora, director of the Alfa puppet theater, visited Japan for consultations with Kawamoto Productions and 百米フィルム. Fukuyoshi Fukusako and cinema scholar Masao Yokota arrived from Japan for the screening and were joined there by many prominent figures in Czech animation who had worked with Trnka and Kawamoto. The screening was followed by an enthusiastic Q&A period. This screening of original films was a valuable opportunity for young people who aspire to work in animation, and indeed much of the audience for this part of the program comprised young people.

Date:

1 May 2015

Venue:

Beseda Cinema

Artist:

Kihachiro Kawamoto

Screening works:

"House of Flame" (1979) "Trip" (1973) "Dodoji Temple" (1976) "Sleeping Beauty" (1990)

Cooperation:

Kawamoto Production

2015年05月28日

Czech-based dance network spreads around the world  

A festival of contemporary dance held annually by the non-profit Tanec Praha since 1991, the Czech Dance Platform this year operated in linkage with European Capital of Culture Plzeň 2015. As well as select performances of contemporary dance, the festival also featured workshops and seminars, and dance pieces describing the host country. The high-quality program attracted people involved with dance from around the world, also making the festival a networking opportunity. Yukio Suzuki and Ayano Honda took part in 2014, and their observations from the perspective of dancers had a great influence on their subsequent work. In 2015 the Japanese critics Takao Norikoshi and Megumi Ikeno took part. Their take-away from Czech contemporary dance was not only the high level it operates at, but the “abundance with admissibility” that makes room for interlocutors from outside. One looks forward to the development of much cooperation in dance between Japan on one hand and the Czech Republic and Europe on the other.

Date:

8-12 Apr. 2015

Venue:

Ponec theatre for dance, Theatre Archa, Studio Alta, Alfred ve dvoře, Experimental space of NoD (Prague)

Participants from Japan:

Takao Norikoshi, Megumi Ikeno (Critic)

2015年05月28日

Director Yojiro Takita discusses “the soul of Japanese cinema”

Featuring Japanese cinema and other culture with a different theme each year, the Czech film festival Eigasai has won many committed fans. In its eighth year of 2015 the festival offered events at five locations including Prague and Pilsen. The theme of the 2015 festival was to engage with death as depicted in film. In the face of a negative reaction against what might seem a weighty theme, the project was an ambitious one taking up the philosophical, robust message that to engage with death is to examine how to live our limited lives. Yojiro Takita, director of the film Okuribito, for which he won an Oscar and which set the tone for the 2015 festival, attended as a special guest and drew a tremendous local response, including an audience with the mayor and a special lecture at the university. His lecture proved a substantial event: both Tokita and those attending looked back over their own lives as individual human beings, holding a discussion of where society is headed and future generations from a global perspective.

Date:

5-11 Mar. 2015

Venue:

Beseda Cinema

Main guest:

Yojiro Takita, Film Director

Program:

Retrospective of Yojiro Takita: "Okuribito", "Onmyoji", "Mibu gishi-den", "Chikan densha: Shitagi Kensatsu" "Koshikei"  Nagisa Oshima "O-soshiki" Juzo Itami "Biruma no tategoto" Kon Ichikawa "Jisatsu sakuru" Shion Sono "Inochi ga ichiban kagayaku hi" Masayuki Mizobuchi

2015年05月28日

Festival features world's brightest artistic talent in competition  

The Smart Illumination Festival is an arts festival of light that began in 2015 at that year's European Capital of Culture. Two Japanese participants, Kazumi Kashimura and Hiroko Matsushita, took part with the assistance of Smart Illumination Yokohama. Kashimura's piece “Light Bottles” created locally on the themes of art and the environment was a beautiful rendition of fantasy light employing plastic bottles. Meanwhile, Matsushita also took part in the PechaKucha sessions held at the same time. She gave a presentation about her own work to an audience of some one thousand and had opportunities for new networking with participants from home and overseas.

Work was exhibited indoors, along the river and on the city's streets, and for local people who came out to view it, it was an opportunity to rediscover their own city as people said it was their first time to visit some buildings and walkways. Local volunteers made significant contributions to the success of the fesival with their long-term involvement in both production and operational respects. At the enthusiastic demand of local residents, the Smart Illumination Festival will be held again in 2016.

Date:

20-21 Feb. 2015

Venue:

Radbůza riverside

Artists:

Hiroko Matsushita, Kazumi Kashimura

Cooperation with:

Zou no hana terrace, Smart illumination Festival Yokohama

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