An opportunity to experience authentic Japanese culture is being offered by Théatre Lapis with Kuwento – 物語 (read as Monogatari): Revisited Tales of Japan and the Philippines, an online performance created through the collaboration between artists in the UK, Japan, France and Manila.
Written by Nozomi Abe and directed by Yojiro Ichikawa, it’s a digital storytelling exploration of Japanese folktales told in English, for children and all audiences all over the world. The aim is to raise and increase awareness of Japan, and its culture, and to invite the audience to the world of Japanese aesthetics.
It features three well-known Japanese folktales; The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Momotaro, and The Fisher Boy Urashima. These tales of love, adventure, and wonder — cultural masterpieces and treasures of Japan — have been passed down from generation to generation, imparting wisdom, igniting imagination, and entertaining audiences of all ages.
The online release will be on the Theatre Lapis Youtube page [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-dvcdOiqmr-N06xn57oR_g] from December 18 featuring renowned Filipino actor and master storyteller Bodjie Pascua, international theatre artists Charley Magalit, Earle Figuracion, Natsumi Kuroda, Haruko Sekiya, Juna Shai, Kaya Yuzuki, Sok-ho Trinh, Paul Reynolds, and Melisa Camba.
The project is supported by The Japan Foundation, Manila, and is an international, cross-collaboration among Japanese, British, French and Filipino artists from different corners of the globe. Overcoming challenges of the isolation forced by COVID-19, the project seeks to create innovative ways of sharing stories even in a remote setup.
Théatre Lapis premiered on the New York stage in 2012, and has been creating productions internationally. Its aim is to question traditional boundaries including those that exist between musical and straight plays, between western and eastern cultures, and to seek other frontiers. Théatre Lapis is under the artistic direction of Yojiro Ichikawa.