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EXTRAORDINARY SOUTH AFRICAN WORK THE EPICENE BUTCHER APPEARING NOW AT KIPPIES

2 Jun

EXTRAORDINARY WORK BORROWED FROM ANCIENT JAPAN APPEARING NOW AT KIPPIES

Appearing at Kippies in Newtown is a show that borrows from a 12th century old Japanese art of storytelling known as Kamishibai (directly translated as “paper story”) colourfully used to tell seven stories as far and wide as that of Nelson Mandela, to those with a bit of hentei, all in one show.
Co-written by Gwydin Beynon and Jemma Kahn, who also shares the stage with performer Klara van Wyk, known as the “Chalk Girl,” the three have captivated audiences from Japan to Amsterdam, recapturing this age old art now practiced by fewer than 100 Kamishibai performers in its native land, and thought to also be the predecessor of manga and anime.
Jemma Kahn studied Kamishibai under the veteran performer Roukda Genji, with whom she travelled and performed extensively throughout Japan. In The Epicene Butcher, Kahn performs seven eclectic Kamishibai stories that take on such divergent themes as heaven and hell, pornography, Gothic tragedy and the dream life of cats.
This theatrical oddity is on for one more week only at the Market Theatre, after the show’s runaway successes as The National Arts Festival and Amsterdam Fringe Festival 2012 and Musho! International Theatre Festival 2013. The MW team love it! As fellow mavericks we recommend it to everyone who loves good art and brilliant performance. See it!

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