It might be hard to believe but Japanese people laugh! And they have a 400 years history of humor. Rakugo (literally “fallen word”) is the verbal entertainment, the stand-up comedy (but the performer is seated!) of Japan since the Edo period (1603-1868). The purpose of the story-teller is to stimulate the general hilarity with tone and limited, yet specific body gestures. The monologue always ends with a narrative stunt known as ochi (“fall”) or sage (lit. “lowering”), consisting of a sudden interruption of the wordplay flow. In one word, rakugo is a sitcom with one person playing all the parts.
RAKUGO OSAKA EXPRESS was created for Avignon Festival 2014. It is a wonderful journey to Japan with Someta Hayashita, rakugo master from Osaka and a French cabin attendant.
RAKUGO OSAKA EXPRESS is supported by the FONDATION /STIFTUNG SAKAE STUNZI
5 dec @ Musee ethnographique de Geneve
9 dec @ Aix-en-provence – Restaurant Yojisu
10 dec @ Aix-en-provence – Theatre Ruban Vert
11 dec @ Lausanne – Lido Comedy Club (+ DJ night balkanique – en kimono !)
12 dec @ Lausanne – Lido Comedy Club
13 dec @ Sion – Theatre Interface
14 dec @ Nice – Maison des associations – Garibaldi