Aside from teaching a community workshop to the public on kimonos, dance, and origami, the Japanese Theater Group also taught classes at the Theatre Arts Academy at Cape Henlopen High School last week. Over 40 students of the Academy were able to work one on one with cast members from the show as well as have a discussion with both American and Japanese students regarding their experiences from the exchange. The Director of the piece was also present to answer any questions that the students had. Both cultures benefited immensely from the exchange and felt grateful to have had this priceless experience. Theatre Arts Academy student, Katie Moshaver, said during class, (which was then translated to the Japanese Company), “Being able to experience another culture’s perspective on the performing arts, both in the classroom and through a performance, has been an awesome experience for all of us.”
The Chojinobiko Theater Group has safely returned to Osaka, Japan, after visiting New York and looks forward to having Clear Space visit Osaka in April 2011 to complete the Arts Exchange. For more information about the New Theatre, or upcoming Clear Space events, visit www.ClearSpaceProductions.org or call the Clear Space Box Office at 302.644.3810.