Taishu Engeki: Discovering “Popular Theater” in Japan

Apr 24, 5:30 p.m.

Powerhouse Theater

Taishu Engeki is a Japanese performing art with roots in Kabuki, yet it is seldom experienced by Western audiences. Professor Takahiro Takeuchi from Aoyama Gakuin University, through a recorded video lecture, will first explain the history of Taishu Engeki. Afterward, Junya Koikawa, a Taishu Engeki performer, will showcase his standard showtime preparations, such as applying makeup and putting on traditional kimono, followed by a live example of a Taishu Engeki performance, including how performers simulate katana samurai combat and female dancing (onna-gata).

Sponsored by the Chinese and Japanese Department and Co-sponsored by The Japan Foundation New York, the Shinohara Engeki Kikaku, Asian Studies Program, Carolyn Grant, and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.

A dramatic portrait of a performer wearing long robes, an elaborate hairstyle and lots of eye makeup.
Junya Koikawa