六本木アートカレッジ

六本木アートカレッジ
Japan through Diane's Eyes  -Enjoy Rakugo in English!-

※こちらの講座は英語の講演となります

日時

2014年11月24日 (月)  16:10~17:10 (開場 15:50)
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内容

Rakugo has a history of 400 years. It is the Japanese traditional art of storytelling in which the performer acts out all the roles using gestures, facial expressions and voice inflections. After arriving in Japan as a backpacker, Diane was offered the chance to work as a stage assistant for the late Katsura Shijaku, renowned pioneer of Rakugo in English, and soon took up the art herself. She performs a variety of works from well-loved classics to original stories from her own imagination. Diane will entertain us with a performance of Rakugo in English and will talk about her experiences of traveling to over 40 countries and of studying Japanese flower arrangement, tea ceremony and kimono, which she hopes will help to highlight the beauty of traditional Japanese culture.

400年以上の歴史を持つ落語。1人で声の変化や身振り手振り、顔の表情だけであらゆる登場人物を演じ分ける日本の伝統的な話芸です。
バックパッカーで日本を訪れた際に、英語落語の先駆者、故桂枝雀氏の舞台で「お茶子」を務めたのをきっかけに、英語落語家としてデビューしたダイアン吉日さん。高座では古典落語から創作落語まで幅広いジャンルを演じています。
ダイアンさんの英語による落語を楽しんだ後は、40ヶ国以上の国を旅した経験談や、華道、茶道、着物など日本独特の文化を嗜む中で、日本人が気づいていない日本文化の奥深さなど、ユーモア溢れるトークを予定しています。

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スピーカー
Diane Kichijitsu  (ダイアン吉日)
Rakugo Performer

Diane Kichijitsu hails from Liverpool, England and is a popular stage performer of Rakugo, the Japanese traditional art of comic storytelling. She is also highly sought after for her prodigious skills as a balloon artist, performing in events and giving workshops all over the world.

Her deep knowledge of Japanese culture, extensive travel experiences as a globe-trotting backpacker, keen observations of cultural differences and humorous anecdotes of her surprising encounters in Japan form the basis of her hilarious Rakugo stories, as well as the numerous talks she delivers at schools, cultural exchange events and international study classes. She is a frequent guest on Japanese radio and television, and an occasional contributor to local and international newspapers and magazines. Diane also holds teaching licenses in ikebana - Japanese flower arrangement and sado - tea ceremony, as well as being a graduate in kitsuke, the art of dressing in kimono.

Watching Diane mesmerize an audience of children, entertain a roomful of dignitaries or elicit gales of laughter from the residents of a Japanese care home, armed with nothing more than a fan and a handkerchief for props and her mile-a-minute delivery in Osaka dialect, it is hard to imagine that she was a painfully shy child. Or that, having worked in London as a graphic designer, she would decide to set off on a journey that has taken her through more than forty countries.

Arriving in Japan in 1990 as part of her backpacking travels, she was introduced to the world of comic storytelling when she worked as a stage assistant for the late Katsura Shijaku, the renowned pioneer of Rakugo in English, and soon took up the art herself, performing a variety of works from well-loved classics to original stories from her own imagination.

In recognition of how far her international activities have helped build a bridge between Japanese and overseas cultures, she was presented with the Nakasone Yasuhiro Incentive Award by the Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS) in June 2013.

  ダイアン吉日 Diane Kichijitsu

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