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Friday, June 20, 2003

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Join up for the 'Battles of Coxinga'

Both Japanese and non-Japanese are invited to join preliminary training courses for an operalike performance of "Kokusen'ya Kassen (The Battles of Coxinga)," written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1724).

The show will debut in 2005, and the Japan Intercultural Performing Arts Studio is preparing early by calling on actors, actresses, dancers, singers and musicians to sign up.

On the basis of resumes and interviews, those selected will be asked to enroll in courses at IS Studio, a seven-minute walk from Keikyu Kawasaki Station.

JIPAS's "Kokusen'ya Kassen" is a historical drama featuring a half-Chinese, half-Japanese fisherman who goes off to China to restore the Ming Dynasty. The production will use a script translated by Donald Keene, featuring Japanese, English and Chinese. At least 15 people are needed.

JIPAS head Rintaro Hariu said, "I would like people from various countries to join. In our experiment, I would like to see whether the participants can cross national boundaries."

The training courses will cover the basics of noh, classical Japanese movement with kimono, samurai monologues, English pronunciation for the stage, Chinese pronunciation and dance training.

The courses commence July 5. The normal fee is 25,000 yen for 18, 90-minute lessons. Visitor tickets for six 90-minute lessons cost 10,000 yen.

For more details, contact JIPAS at Dai 3 Satsuki-so #201, Hakusan 5-36-5, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 112-0001 or call (03) 5689-9474. JIPAS is also seeking office staff.



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