Creating intercultural theatre can be quite a daunting task, especially when deeply rooted theatrical traditions are involved. We have decided to share our process with you here so that theatre makers across the globe can gain a better understanding of how we approach our art. We hope that this will help artists envision ways in which they might develop collaborative, respectful, and inspired productions in the future.
Like many of the traditional Japanese performing arts, kyōgen is passed down orally from master to disciple. Needless to say, we have our sensei to thank for making this art accessible to us. Find out more him and his art!
A lot of time, planning, and thought goes into the traditional Japanese performances produced at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. We encourage you to take a look at our process prior to watching our digital performances to better understand how we approach our art.
Like traditional theatre, this production is more than just the actors performing. See what our wonderful design team has to say about the challenges and excitement that come with staging a digital, cross-cultural performance!