Preparations

Covid-19 has proven to be quite the challenge for our spring production. We are now on Plan E and have moved classes to 100% online. Teaching students that have never been exposed to kyōgen before will be difficult. After all, how can we correct the kata if we can’t reach out and touch our students? How can we work on breath when it’s dangerous to breath the same air? How will we learn to sing in a chorus when even a simple rendition of “Happy Birthday” becomes horrifying, demon-like, mismatched chants over Zoom? These are all questions we will learn the answer to in time. However, everyone is taking it in stride. I am in awe of the optimism, the desire to engage with this art form driving the students and teacher to show up every class to learn and (perhaps more importantly) laugh together. Maybe this genre has more to offer than we ever anticipated…

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