The Japanese Way of Listening and Acting
Description: Japanese culture emphasizes a special way of listening and acting. We will explore this in terms of listening to audiences, to our colleagues (company life), and in our work on stage.
Kayo is a founder-director of Playback AZ, now in its 22th year. Founded in 1994, Playback AZ is the most prominent Playback Theatre company in Japan. They are often invited by schools, government, and corporations for training and performances. In 2003, they successfully hosted the IPTN world conference. A co-founder of the School of Playback Theatre Japan with Jonathan in 1998, Kayo is the author of Introduction of Playback Theatre, the first book written in Japanese
The Way of Playback Theatre
In this speech I will share my journey with playback theatre; how I met it, how it has enriched my life, Japanese people and Japanese society.
When I first encountered this art I was at a high time in my career and personal life. I had a family, I was a successful and sought after business person, and I felt I was sitting on top of the world, so to speak. Little did I know that I was about to set off on a path towards a new world of story and improvisation. I thought my life was set, that I had it all, but I soon found out a large part of my life had not yet begun. At the age of forty-four I flew halfway around the world to study a new kind of theatre for a whole month, an incredibly long time.