Spirits and Fairies Dwell
Spirits in nature wake
Have you noticed the signs of spirits around us?
There are invisible beings in this world. They send invisible
signs to us. You, too, can feel their existence if you warm
your heart and sharpen your sensitivity. You can see and hear
them as ancient people could. Quietly, mischievously, and roughly,
spirits and fairies in the darkness will appear in front of
This 'Where Spirits and Fairies Dwell' is an omnibus style performance
composed of various short tales. All these tales are based on
Japanese legends and folk myths expressing dreams, illusions
and the real world. Only old folk songs, music and voices, not
words, are used on the stage. The leading parts are played by
spirits and fairies living in the nature or by the nature itself.
We who live in the modern society often forget about invisible
existence around us. This will bring everyone's heart the myth
of spirits and fairies of ancient Japan.
Idea: Y.Yamamoto & I.Masumura
Art Design: Y.Yamamoto
Director: Isamu Takahata (Animation film director)
Puppeteers: Y.Yamamoto & I.Masumura
'Where Spirits and Fairies Dwell' was reconceived by Mr.Takahata,
the film director of Studio GHIBLI, in 2000. This is a collection
of short pieces of non-verbal performance with some sounds,
based on Japanese legends and folk tales. It is a performing
art of puppeteers, and puppets' dance and mime. Imaginary creatures,
legendary spirits, and nature herself appear on stage.
||About 'Where Spirits
and Fairies Dwell'
By Mr. Isamu Takahata
I have impressed by Mr. Yoshiya Yamamoto's mastery puppets.
He seems to put real lives into his puppets, so I felt that
the puppets look like dead after Kawasemi-za's show finished.
It is no doubt that so many people are attracted to his puppets'
performances all over the world. Mr. & Mrs. Yamamoto challenge
to express Japanese legendary spirits on the present stage.
I directed and recognized this 'Where Spirits and Fairies Dwell',
and hope you enjoy this illusionary world.
|Subtlety of 'Where
Spirits and Fairies Dwell'
By Tsuyoshi Iwanami (article in THEATRE, March 2000)
I chose 'Where Spirits and Fairies Dwell' of Kawasemi-za as
the best stage performance in 2002. Flower spirits, Goblins,
Water spirit, and small animals appear from the darkness, crawl,
fly, and play on stage. They looked like real living creatures.
The subtlety of the puppets' movements made the realistic scene
of old Japanese countryside into illusionary abstraction. Even
though no word/language is used, Japanese folk songs bring something
to the audience's heart. They might be something that modern
Japanese people are forgetting in exchange for economic development.
a weasel, CHORO-SUKE
a baby weasel, CHUI
a flower spirit, FUUKO
flower goblins of mountain spirits, GUJI and GOBE
a water spirit, TSURARA
a house spirit, HINANO
a fox, KON
a crow long-nosed goblin
a boy, TARO
a snow wolf, BUL
a snow woman, OKOORI
* received Successful Performance Award at Tokyo
2000 Art Festival in 2000
* received Special Recommendation
Award by Central Children's Welfare Association in 2000
Please contact Ms.Takae KONUMA, overseas coordinator of Kawasemi-za
for further information, if you have interests in having this
performance in your country. >>contact