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with Mansaku Nomura & Mansaku-no-Kai 

Saturday / May 6, 2017 / 5 pm
Sunday / May 7, 2017 / 5 pm

Gala VIP reception Sunday only- Post Performance Reception on the Noguchi Plaza. Meet Nomura Mansaku II, Nomura Mansai II, Ishida Yikio, Professor Michael Emmerich, and our distinguished guests from Japan. Limited number of VIP tickets available.

Thirty-five years after he first shared the joy of kyogen with Los Angeles theatergoers, Living National Treasure MANSAKU NOMURA returns with the Mansaku-no-Kai Company for an evening of warm, life-affirming comedy. Also starring MANSAI NOMURA and YUKIO ISHIDA, this program of three short masterpieces (The Owl, The KawakamI Headwaters, and Tied to a Stick) displays the full range of a theatrical form that has kept audiences laughing since the fourteenth century. With its pared-down staging and stylized acting, kyogen offers an absolutely unique theatrical experience.

Performed in Japanese with English subtitles.

5pm “Discovering Kyogen” featuring Mansai Nomura
6pm Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen

Visit Mansaku-no-Kai’s Website

Learn More about 5 Days of Kyogen activities  presented by The Yanai Initiative Japanese Performing Arts Program at UCLA/Waseda

This program is the result of a special collaboration between the Aratani World Series and the Yanai Initiative at UCLA and Waseda University in Tokyo.

Additional support for this program is provided by UCLA Division of Humanities; Haruhisa Handa Professorship of Shinto Studies, UCLA; Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA; Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies; Cultural Affairs Division, Waseda University; Ryusaku Tsunoda Center of Japanese Culture, Waseda University; TGU Project “Global Japanese Studies” and Waseda University (MEXT Grant); WASEDA USA; All Nippon Airways.

“Kyogen has a warmth and a gentleness that you don’t forget—it stays with you. And when a master like Nomura Mansaku comes to Los Angeles to share the artistry he’s been honing for more than eight decades . . . you don’t want to miss that.” – Satoko Shimazaki, USC

Meet the Artist

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Aratani Theatre

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)
244 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012