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Rokujizo, a new kyogen that we worked with children

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The stage of a kyogen who lives in the 21st century
Vol.10 “Rokujizo” Workshop
Daegyo Doctrine (Noh Theater Kyogen Okura style)

You can see the sea and mountains from the gymnasium.
I was working on a new kyogen with my children in a great location.

The theme of this time is to make the story of the land a kyogen. The theme was “Rokujizo”.
It's a simple story that a long time ago, children who tried to scramble for rain when they were told by Tono-sama would rain if they accidentally watered Jizo.
So I added a little dramatization and made a kyogenous ending: "If the kids are dancing in the rain, Jizo starts to dance."

First, pass the script and practice utterance and work.
Children who were nervous at first get used to and gradually relax. Then, the child who couldn't speak (very loud but couldn't make it in public) was able to speak little by little, smiles increased, and the lines were memorized well.

Next is KyogenMovement.
Kyogen performances are all “typed”. It is important to hone as taught by the teacher.
I stopped here.
If you are working on “new work” with your children, is it important to enter from the “type” you have decided? Considering that time is limited, it may rather get in the way. In order to stimulate children's sensibilities, isn't it tied to "types" and created with free ideas?

I felt so, and let the children decide how to pose and express Jizo. Ask them for autonomy and creativity and move them to move. For example, we will teach it in a “mold”.
What is important for children is not to teach correct or incorrect answers, but to snuggle up to the ideas they have come up with, to recognize them and to guide them.

I think that the children felt the joy of expressing their movements as “types”. The smiles and serious expressions of the children when they stood on the stage told it.
The three days I spent together with lots of smiles were irreplaceable for me.