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Salon Series 2019/20: Anime Onstage

This year's Salon Series takes us into the realm of Japanese pop culture. Costumer, performer, and long-time TomoeArts member Evelyn Leung shares her experiences during her two-year research project at Ritsumeikan Kyoto where she was doing research on textiles, studying odori, tea ceremony and kimono dressing - and seeing lots of amazing performances including 2.5D Musicals...

All salons will be held at UBC's I.K Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall - in the Dodson Room. The nearest parking to the Centre are the Rose Garden and North Parkades. Parking at UBC is $7 after 5pm. UBC Parking map. Presented by TomoeArts & UBC Library.

Entrance is free.



A Look at the World of Japan's 2.5 Dimensional Musicals
Wednesday November 13, 2019 - 7:00 to 8:30pm
I.K Barber Learning Centre, UBC
Dodson Room


While the traditional Japanese theatrical offerings of Noh and Kabuki have struggled to entice the millennial Japanese youth to attend live theatre, the past decade has seen a steady development of the 2.5 Dimensional Theatre genre. These live stage plays and musical performances based on anime, manga, and video game properties continue to sell out their venues in Japan, and have started venturing across the seas the expand their audience. This talk aims to introduce a few of these 2.5 Dimensional productions as well as examine various innovative theatrical techniques they utilize to bring the 2 dimensional world into a 3 dimensional space.

Image: A poster for the 2.5D musical of Naruto Live







From Ghibli to Grimm: Looking at New Works on the Japanese Stage
Thursday March 19, 2020 - 7:00 to 8:30pm
I.K Barber Learning Centre, UBC
Dodson Room

December 2019 was an interesting month for Kabuki in Tokyo. Studio Ghibli's Nausicaa Valley of the Wind was being performed at the Shimbashi Embujo, while around the block at the Kabukiza, a Kabuki adaptation of the Snow White fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm was on stage. For this Salon, Evelyn Leung will take us on a tour of some of her amazing recent theatre-going experiences in Tokyo. She will talk about some of the exciting and experimental new adaptations that are hitting both the traditional and contemporary theatres of Japan, including Nausicaa, Snow White, Naruto, Star Wars, and Gundam.

Image: Flyer image for 2019 Kabuki version of Kaze no Tane no Nausicaa







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