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Don't tell me it's old fashioned! Sagami Puppet Theater

古臭いなんて言わせない!観て、やって、創って楽しい相模人形芝居

The world of art that you can go, see, and feel
File.23 Kanagawa Prefectural Youth Center "Sagami Doll Play Tournament"
Miyuki Inoue (Magcal editorial department)

I'm interested in "traditional performing arts", but somehow I had the image of being noble and inaccessible.
However, when I see Kagura and puppet shows at local festivals, I feel that everyone is enjoying themselves casually, and I envy them.
If you think so, there is an area in Kanagawa prefecture where folk performing arts called "Sagami Ningyo Drama" are transmitted, and it seems that you are enjoying it for generations. I have no choice but to go for this!
That's why I went to the rehearsal hall at once.

Currently active are Shimonakaza (Odawara City), Haseza (Atsugi City), Hayashiza (Atsugi City), which are designated as national important intangible folk cultural properties, and Maejimaza (Atsugi City), which is designated by the prefecture. Hiratsuka City), Ashigara (Minamiashigara City) Goza. In February, the "Sagami Ningyo Theater Tournament" will be held where these five seats will gather.

This time, I visited Shimonakaza, which is based in Odake, Odawara City. It is one of the most active groups in the Goza, and the age composition of the 35 seats ranges from teens to 80s.
In addition, while many groups limit their seats to locals, Shimonakaza is open to those who wish, so some seats are attracted to puppet shows from Hachioji in Tokyo. I'm more interested in Sagami doll play because it's so attractive.

Sagami puppet theater is basically a three-person puppet, just like Bunraku. The "main keeper" is to use the neck and right hand. "Left-handed" controls the left hand and "foot-handed" controls both feet. The main boss leads the movement of the doll with a clear intention, but it is not possible to give instructions in words, so it is important for the three people to breathe together.


Ms. Mieko Hayashi, the chairman, is a researcher who has been working on the Sagami doll play and has a sense of crisis that "it may disappear as it is", and has taken over the chairman and focused on developing successors. Partly because of that, we have created an environment where young people can easily enter and grow up, such as by cooperating with the prefectural Ninomiya High School "Sagami Doll Club".

"It's very fresh for the younger generation. I've never thought that I could manipulate a doll like a cultural property with my own hands, so I'm sure you'll be surprised when you actually try it (laughs). Each has its own personality, but since there are young men in Shimo-Nakaza, I would like to actively play the "era". The movements are dynamic and easy to understand, so you can enjoy it without any prior knowledge. "

What I visited was not the " Meiboku Sendaihagi " performed at the Sagami Ningyo Theater Tournament, but the rehearsal of the new work "Soga Monogatari". Folk performing arts had an old-fashioned image (excuse me!), But it might be a little surprising that we are creating new works by ourselves.
On this day, Minosuke Yoshida of Bunrakuza was invited to give advice on the production of new works and to give guidance on doll management techniques.

It seems that there are many differences in the way puppets are used in the same three-person puppet show between Bunrakuza in Osaka culture and Sagami puppet theater in Edo culture, but Mr. Kojiro adversely affects each other's folklore. He will advise you carefully so that you do not.

I'm looking forward to the "Kara Sendai Hagi" that will be performed at the Sagami Ningyo Theater in February, but I'm also curious about the new work that I've been working on for three years. I can't wait for the spring release.

Catch the expected young girls during the break! There are various reasons for participating, such as meeting in an elementary school experience class and seeing seniors sending dolls and thinking "cool!". What they have in common is the simple feeling that "it was fun to play."
"Since there aren't many people, I thought I might have a chance, and when I entered, this was more fun than I expected (laughs). It's been going on for a long time."
He laughed carelessly and showed me the "head" of "pear split".

When it cracks from the forehead, the inside is bright red and the eyeballs are fluttering.
It seems that it is the "head" of the so-called "slashed role", but you may be surprised because it suddenly cracks. But even though it's grotesque, it's humorous, so I just laughed.

The folk performing arts, which I thought to be "high threshold", seem to be a very familiar world. First of all, I have to watch the stage in February when the Goza meet together. If I'm surprised there, I think I'll aim to be on the stage next year.

This event has ended.
47th Sagami Doll Play Tournament
[Date and time] February 11, 2020 (Tuesday / holiday) 12:30 (opens at 12:00 and ends at 16:35)
[Venue] Kanagawa Prefectural Youth Center Hall
[Capacity] 750 people
[Fee] Free (advance application required)
[How to apply] Please fill in the following required items on one round-trip postcard and send it to the application destination. You can apply for up to two people at the same time with one postcard. If there are many applications, it will be a lottery. We plan to ship the reply in late January. The reply to the round-trip postcard will be used as an admission ticket (reserved seat), so please bring it to the venue on the day of the event.
● Zip code
● Address
● Name
● Phone number
● Number of participants (up to 2 people)
● Participant name
● Please write the reply address (reply side) and apply with a round-trip postcard.
[Address] 300 Ogikubo, Odawara City, 250-8555 Odawara City Cultural Properties Division
[Application deadline] January 15 (Wednesday) * Postmark is valid (many lottery)
[Organizer] Sagami Doll Theater Association Secretariat (Odawara City Cultural Properties Division)
[Inquiries] 0465 -33-1717 <Sagami Doll Theater Association Secretariat (Odawara City Cultural Properties Division)>

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