Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Time: 18:00 (doors open);
18:30 – 21:00 (poetry slam & prizes);
21:00 – 22:30 (Jazz & party)
Venue: World Peace Theatre in Kawasaki (::CLICK HERE:: for map)
Cost: 2000 Yen (includes free drink and entry into door prize draw)
(Competing poets do not need to pay entrance fee. To sign up as a performer, ::CLICK HERE::)
We know what you’ve been thinking: where can I find some awesome performance poetry on a Saturday night sometime in March? Admit it. You were just having this exact thought.
Luckily for you, we know exactly how you can scratch that itch. YTG is hosting our first poetry slam event and we want you to be a part of it!
What’s a poetry slam? Ours works like this: a group of poets will come up to the microphone and perform their best work. Members of the audience will then vote on which poet goes home with the prize.
In case you’re into more than just spoken word, there will also be a live jazz band, “Yokohama Soundscape”, ready to take over at the end of the poetry sets.
We hope you’re not satisfied yet, because there’s more! In addition to the prize for the poets, there will also be door prize draws for audience members, including tickets to our next show, Kikai-ga-shima!
So, yeah: clear your Saturday night on March 21, and join us for our funkiest, jazziest, poetriest fundraiser yet!
Read more: Poetry Slam & Live Jazz!
Saturday, May 30 @ 14:00 & 19:00
Sunday, May 31 @ 15:00
Venue: World Peace Theatre ::CLICK HERE:: for map.
Language: English, with Japanese subtitles
“That's truly what we couldn't bear. Our own irrelevance… Until we realized we were telling the story. And that changes everything.”
In 12th century Japan three men are exiled from the capital to Kikaigashima - the Island of Demons. There, to stave off despair and isolation, and to appease the spirits, they begin to tell stories; stories of their own lives, parables they remember from childhood, and even predictions of how life will be.
Meanwhile, in 21st century Japan, two men are telling their own story - the story of the exiles on Kikaigashima. They are looking back through history and legend. Their sources: Noh theatre, kabuki plays, and the Heike Monogatari.
But as the narrative unfolds and the two stories begin to weave together, the roles and boundaries begin to blur-- are we spinning a yarn or recounting history? Are they telling tales or seeing into the future?
Co-written and performed by Graig Russell and Andrew Woolner, Kikai-ga-shima is a piece that playfully pulls apart its own narrative and leaves performers and audience alike asking: who’s telling this story, anyway?
Read more: SHOW: Kikai-ga-shima