SHINOHARU RAKUGO featuring Kamini Ramachandran
SHINOHARU RAKUGO featuring Kamini Ramachandran
TIME: Performance starts at 19:30 (Door opens at 19:00)
SHOW DURATION: Approximately 1.5 hours
TICKET PRICING: Standard Online: $25 | At-the-door: $30 | Group Discount: Buy 5 Get 1 Free
A form of traditional Japanese entertainment, Rakugo is best described as stand-up comedy in a sit-down story-telling style, established in the late 18th century. As a minimalistic performance art, a lone storyteller usually wears a kimono (Japanese traditional clothing), uses a sensu (paper fan) and a tenugui (tiny handkerchief), and entertains the audience by playing several characters on a koza (stage).
As the story is being told, the storyteller gradually starts telling the story by acting as the characters in the story, rather than telling it as the narrator. There are usually more than two characters in each story and the performer plays both of them by skilfully switching the tone of his voice, his facial and body expressions. These stories are always witty and funny, and it is the rich usage of wordplay that makes rakugo so enjoyable.
◆ About SHINOHARU TATEKAWA
SHINOHARU TATEKAWA is a Rakugo storyteller born in Osaka. After graduating from Yale University, he worked in Mitsui & Co. Ltd for three and a half years. In 2002, he was so greatly impressed and inspired when he attended Shinosuke Tatekawa’s Rakugo performance that he decided to give up his corporate position and focus his future on Rakugo by taking up a discipleship with Shinosuke Tatekawa.
After learning and training in the art of Rakugo for eight and a half years, he was promoted to “Futatsume” (a recognized rank for independent Rakugo performers). Besides traditional Rakugo tales, he has created new styles of Rakugo, including performances in English to bring this art form to an international audience.
In 2011, he gave his first solo Rakugo performance in Singapore. Following that, in 2012, he was invited to the Singapore International Storytelling Festival (SISF), where he was the only Japanese performer featured. He came back again to Singapore in 2013 and 2014 due to popular demand. The upcoming event marks his sixth time performing in Singapore.
Presently, he travels around Japan and the world on a mission of bringing laughter to everyone.
◆ About KAMINI RAMACHANDRAN
KAMINI RAMACHANDRAN is a master storyteller with enormous stage presence and a respect for the oral tradition. Through her passionate dedication to the art form, she has played a vital role in the revival of storytelling in Singapore and around the world. During her childhood she was mentored by a storyteller grandfather and is one of few contemporary storytellers who experienced a master-and-apprentice process of inheriting her repertoire of stories. MoonShadow Stories, Singapore’s first storytelling entity focusing on adult audiences and performance storytelling was founded in 2004 with the aim of promoting the lost art of the oral narrative.
She is also an artist educator who teaches her course The Storytelling Intensive to performing arts students at LASALLE College of the Arts.
A founding member and past-President (2008 – 2012) and current Vice President (2012 – present) of the Storytelling Association (Singapore), she is also Artistic Director for the Singapore International Storytelling Festival (2012 – 2014). A highly sought after storytelling artist, she is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. Kamini has been a featured storyteller at international festivals in Scotland, England, Rome, Chennai, Bangalore, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney and Belgium. MoonShadow Stories has produced World Storytelling Day in Singapore since 2005.
She is one of today’s most unique voices in storytelling.
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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM SGT
- YMCA Auditorium
Standard $25.00 Group Discount (Buy 5 Get 1 Free) $125.00
On sale until Jun 19, 2015, 3:00:00 PM
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