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A new Kyogen "Rokujizo" that we worked with children

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The cypress stage of a Kyogen artist living in the 21st century
Vol.10 "Rokujizo" Workshop
Ozo Doctrine (Noh Performer Kyogen Style Ozo School)

You can see the sea and mountains from the gym.
In a great location, I was working on the new Kyogen with my children.

The theme of this time is to make the story of the land into Kyogen. The subject was "Rokujizo."
It's a simple story that children who were told by their lord to beg for rain inadvertently accidentally watered the Jizo and it rained.
Therefore, I added a little adaptation and made a very kyogen-like ending, saying, "If the children dance in the rain beggars, the Jizo will also start dancing."
A new Kyogen "Rokujizo" that we worked with children
First, give the script and practice the vocalization and the action.
Children who were nervous at first gradually get used to it and relax. Then, the child who couldn't speak (because it was very loud but couldn't quite make it in front of the public) gradually became able to speak, the smile increased, and the lines were firmly remembered.
A new Kyogen "Rokujizo" that we worked with children
Next is madnessMovement as a word.
All Kyogen performances have a fixed pattern. It is important to polish the streets taught by your teacher as a skill.
I stopped here.
Is it important to enter from a fixed "type" when working on "new works" with children? Considering that time is limited, it may be a hindrance. What is necessary to stimulate the children's sensibilities is not to be bound by the "mold" but to create with free ideas.
A new Kyogen "Rokujizo" that we worked with children

Feeling that, I let the children freely decide how to pose and express Jizo. Ask them for independence and creativity and have them move as they want. We teach it in a "pattern".
What is important for children is not to teach the correct or incorrect answer, but to listen to, admit, and guide the ideas they have come up with.
A new Kyogen "Rokujizo" that we worked with children
I think the children felt the joy of expressing the movements they thought of as a "pattern." The smiles and serious expressions of the children when they stood on the stage were telling the story.
The three days I got together with a lot of smiles made it an irreplaceable time for me.