If Fortune Not be Cross’d

There came a cute visitor at my window last night.

A little gecko.

This house gecko is thought to be the safe-keeper of the house, in Japan.

Now, today’s acting tip from The Merchant of Venice;

Jessica, the daughter of Shylock is ready to run from the house.

As soon as Shylock closes the door, she murmured to herself thus.

“Farewell, and if my fortune not be cross’d,

I have a father, you a daughter, lost.”

Meaning…

“Goodbye. If I am lucky,

I will lose my father, and you, father, will lose your daughter.”

But try saying the words one by one.

I have a father…

(Jessica is thinking about her situation)

You a daughter…

(Jessica is thinking about her father’s)

Lost.

(Before saying this, take enough time to feel and decide.)

Don’t you think Jessica is really thinking as she speaking?

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Speak a favorite line, taking time.

Fast Bind

I have 4 stage performances this autumn.

September

Opera Magic Flute digest.

Alongwith this, a small concert show introducing the world of opera.

I am the navigator for the concert show,

Direct Magic Flute,

AND sing as one of the three kids in the Magic Flute.

October

The Merchant of Venice as a music drama.

I am the director, rewriter, and Portia.

November

A straight play called, Moi Ota la riviere d’Hiroshima.

Written by a French playwright Jean Paul Alegre.

I will perform the title role.

November

A music show on Shakespeare, with a lovely famous music composer Mr Shinichiro Ikebe.

I will probably read and talk about Shakespeare with him.

And the rehearsals have started.

My whole summer to autumn is emerged in theatre.

What a happy life!

As Shylock says in the Merchant of Venice,

“Fast bind, fast find.”

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2018年8月18日 1:47:00 の変更内容が競合しています:

この秋は、関係する舞台が4本もあります。

こんな感じです。

9月 オペラ『魔笛』ダイジェスト。

併せて、オペラの魅力を伝えるミニコンサートつき。

私は、ミニコンサート部分でのナビゲーターと、

『魔笛』の演出。そのうえ、3人の童子の一人で歌います。

10月 音楽劇『ヴェニスの商人』。

私は演出、脚本、歌詞、そして、大活躍するポーシャという女性を演じます。

11月 ストレートプレイ『私は太田、広島の川』。

フランスの劇作家ジャン・ポール・アレーグルの作品で、岡田正子訳・演出。

私はタイトルロールを演じます。

11月 池辺晋一郎先生とシェイクスピアの音楽解説。

私は解説と朗読をやります。

どれも稽古が始まっており、私は脚本や演出も受け持つものが多いので、毎日毎晩、作品漬けです。

『ヴェニスの商人』でシャイロックが言うように

”Fast bind, fast find.”

「備えあれば憂いなし」

【今日のライブインタラクション】

備えていますか?

I have 4 stage performances this autumn.

September

Opera Magic Flute digest.

Alongwith this, a small concert show introducing the world of opera.

I am the navigator for the concert show,

Direct Magic Flute,

AND sing as one of the three kids in the Magic Flute.

October

The Merchant of Venice as a music drama.

I am the director, rewriter, and Portia.

November

A straight play called, Moi Ota la riviere d’Hiroshima.

Written by a French playwright Jean Paul Alegre.

I will perform the title role.

November

A music show on Shakespeare, with a lovely famous music composer Mr Shinichiro Ikebe.

I will probably read and talk about Shakespeare with him.

And the rehearsals have started.

My whole summer to autumn is emerged in theatre.

What a happy life!

As Shylock says in the Merchant of Venice,

“Fast bind, fast find.”

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Prepare things in advance.

Mdm Okada. I am most honored to be with her,

Answer to Your Parents

You may remember when your mother or father called you while you were playing or concentrating something.

You might have answered just “What?”.

Jessica, the only daughter of Shylock answers to her father as this.

“What is your will?”

Juliet of Romeo And Juliet also answered in this manner, to her mother when she appeared for the first time.

Both girls are under control of their strict parents.

But may be you can use it with playfulness also.

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Say “what is your will?” to your friends with playfulness.

Waterfall Ritual

Do you know of Purification-in-Waterfall ritual?
I have experienced it for the first time in my life!
Waterfall of Syukuya, near Tokyo.
It is soothing and purifying.
It is powerful and full of energy.
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Enjoy being in the nature.

Role-Play and Status Game

I taught the status work for young students of Japanese Teaching, at Jochi (Sophia) University in Tokyo.

All language teachers should be well aware that language is to make better life with other people.

Language is not to take scores in exams.

Language is to make friends, make business going in good relationship, make family happy.

Language is to speak both in voice and in body.

And the status games are very effective in teaching and learning languages.

Sometimes these games seem just for fun.

But when you are aware of the purpose why we are doing this, then theatrical exercises and games are soooo useful.

Fortunately, the students yesterday seemed to understand well and enjoyed theatrical exercises, knowing the purpose.

Though Gratiano of The Merchant of Venice says;

“We have not made good preparation.”

I think Sophia Uni students are preparing well.

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Are using your language to make life better?

Emotion is born from…

“Tears exhibit my tongue”

This is a line from Lancelot of The Merchant of Venice.

He wants to tell how sad to leave Jessica alone in the house of Shylock, but he cannot speak well for his years are coming down.

If you want to perform the scene, you need to try to speak first.

Seek what to say!

Don’t get emotional first.

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Try to say something as you look into the eyes of your counterpart.

Emotinal Northshore of Oahu. Sharks Cove.

Professional Acting: Animal Exercise

I am translating for a great movement teacher from UK.

He is teaching animal exercise for young drama students.

In Shakespeare, many characters are referred to some animal.

It does not mean he or she has a beak or claws or walk on all fours, doesn’t it?

The character has some touch of an animal-likeness.

By studying the movement of animals, you will be able to extract the essence of the animals to let live in your own character.

For instance, Jessica, the daughter of Shylock says about his servant Launcelot thus.

“Our house is hell, and thou, a merry devil,”

But how do you make Launcelot like a devil?

And make the devil merry?

When Jessica says he is a merry devil, every single member of the audience must agree indeed he is.

Then what will you do?

Imagine how a devil stand, walk, laugh.

You definitely need your imagination.

And it is supported by your work on animal movement.

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What animal do you imagine for your friends?

Look at my Romeo. We can learn so many things even from this one photo.

Skipping Spirit

Typhoon is coming near to TOKYO.

I hope you are fine, alive and kicking.

A happy person makes us happy.

But too happy person sometimes are annoying.

Bassanio of ThenMerchant of Venice says to his friend Gratiano to be alitle more modest.

“…But hear thee, Gratiano:

Thou art too wild, too rude, and bold of voice—

Parts that become thee happily enough,

And in such eyes as ours appear not faults,

But where thou art not known, why, there they show

Something too liberal. Pray thee take pain

To allay with some cold drops of modesty

Thy skipping spirit”

I love this text.

We can see exactly what kind of relationship they have.

It’s so loving and friendly… brotherhood, rather.

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Enjoy your skipping spirit!

My first visit to Yamaguchi prefectures.

Give Mercy

Attended the Hiroshima Peace Crremony.

Met some victim of the atomic bomb, which makes me think about what I can do.

I am a performing-art artist, and through that, I will offer strength and virtue, joy of living and love, for any one who meet me and my works if art.

So, today’s words from The Merchant of Venice is from Portia.

“We do pray for mercy,

And that same prayer doth teach us all to render

The deeds of mercy.”

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Give mercy before you are given.

Hiroshima Day

Pray for the victims of Hiroshima.

I am in the ground zero of Hiroshima.

Yesterday,

I visited the origin of river Ota which has made this fruitful beautiful area.

Before I came into the ground zero of the first atomic bomb, I was afraid to be struck with millions of the lost souls would roar with rage and sorrow.

But when I entered, I knew the river Ota has purified me with blessings.

Somehow, some purification enchants the area.

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Gratitude for who you are, and pray for the lost souls.