Past Program

Japan: Papermaking and Puppet Theater

This studio combines the traditional craft of Nagashi-zuki papermaking at the Awagami Paper Factory with set décor production at 2 different traditional puppet theaters on Shikoku Island — Awa Jurobe Yashiki and Ono Sakura no Butai Theatre.

At-A-Glance

What
Summer Studies Travel Course
Where
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Tokushima, Japan
When
Summer 2019

Course Dates: Jun 5, 2019 — Jun 26, 2019

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students, non-RISD students
Faculty
Academic Credits
3
Department
  • Printmaking
Course Numbers
  • PRINT-1530
Cost
$6100

Includes tuition, accommodation, field trips, local transportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

Japan: Papermaking and Puppet Theater
Tokushima, Japan 2019

Full Course Description

The studio component of this class combines the traditional craft of Nagashi-zuki papermaking at the Awagami Paper Factory with set décor production at 2 different traditional puppet theaters on Shikoku Island—Awa Jurobe Yashiki (Puppet Theatre and Museum, Tokushima City) and Ono Sakura no Butai Theatre (Kamiyama town, Tokushima). The class starts with gathering experiences intended to familiarize students with Japanese performance. We will start in Kyoto and Osaka and attend a variety of Japanese performances: Noh Theater, Kabuki Theater, Buddhist Prayers and Meditation and Butoh theater depending on what is available, to gain some understanding of the norms of Japanese performance. Moving to Shikoku Island, an intensive 5-day workshop at the Awagami Paper Factory will instruct students in making kozo fiber washi, paper that has been made continually in Japan since the 8th century. Here students will participate in taiko drumming and Awa Odori dance practice. Finally, in collaboration with Japanese paper artist, puppet theater set designer and sculptor, Reiko Nireki, as well as a local troupe of Awa puppeteers, students will use their paper to create sets for a production of their own design in collaboration with professional puppet masters. The course will finish in Osaka for final discussions and a final dinner.

Program Details

Full requirements for eligibility

If you are a RISD student currently enrolled in any year/department and you have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of registration, you are eligible for registration. Note: Students seeking exception to this academic policy should contact the Registrar at registrar@risd.edu with any questions.

If you are a college student currently enrolled in another art/design college or institution around the world, or a professional practicing in the field, you are also eligible to register for any RISD Global Summer Study.

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