Watch a scroll painting (emaki) spring to life in Ikebukuro!
The gorgeous costumes, elegant music, and lively dancing of Daidengaku invite the audience to enter the world of long ago in a thrilling performance. This special version features spatial direction by Creative Company NAKED for an extra touch of glamor.
© Kumi Akasaka
■Daidengaku Ikebukuro Emaki
Daidengaku was created by the Kyogen (traditional Japanese comic theater) actor Kosuke Nomura (Stage Name: Manzo Nomura VIII; 1959-2004) in collaboration with dancers, musicians, actors, and scholars, and based on the lost performing art of dengaku, which flourished throughout Japan from the Heian period (794-1185) to the Muromachi period (1338-1573). This outdoor performance is produced by Manzo Nomura IX, carrying on the legacy of his predecessors. Over 100 performers clad in costumes of different hues and hats decorated with brightly colored flowers dance to the gentle rhythms and melodies of old.
In addition, this year’s performance is a special version to celebrate the opening of the new theater!
The program will feature Chinese, Korean, and Indonesian lion dances, as well as collaborations with Ikebukuro’s popular cosplayers (anime, manga, or video-game fans dressed as their favorite characters).
Spatial direction by Creative Company NAKED adds glamor to the surging energy of “Daidengaku Ikebukuro Emaki.”
Don’t miss this wild exuberance and excitement!