Traditional Japanese Storytelling: Kamishibai Performance and Workshop

Workshop for children ages 8-12
28 Apr 2016
9:30 am - 10:15 am
Children's Library

Traditional Japanese Storytelling: Kamishibai Performance and Workshop

Multicultural storyteller, Summer Edward, presents a performance of the Japanese narrative art of kamishibai (literally “paper drama”), a form of visual and participatory storytelling that combines the use of hand-drawn visuals with the engaging narration of a live presenter.

A forerunner of contemporary Japanese magna and anime, kamishibai started in Japan as a form of street performance art in the late 1920s. It is part of a long tradition of picture storytelling in which the storyteller uses a miniature wooden stage (butai) and illustrations which are revealed as the story is told to create drama and suspense.

Summer will tell kamishibai tales from Japanese folklore and participants will be introduced to the history of kamishibai. After the interactive performance, participants will make tachi-e puppets inspired by the stories they have heard.

This is a workshop for children ages 8-12.

 

 

This is a workshop for children ages 8-12.