Sennosuke Wakatsuki, a young kabuki artist from Tokyo who is modernizing the form, gives a workshop as part of his North American debut performances at the MCA. The class features music accompaniment by Hyakkyo Fukuhara (bamboo flute), Tachibana (shamisen), Chizuru Kineya (shamisen), Tatsu Aoki (taiko), and Kioto Aoki (taiko). Immediately preceding the workshop, participants are invited to observe a brief Master Apprentice presentation: dance apprentice Rika Lin performing work by Grandmaster Yoshinjo Fujima, and shamisen apprentice performing work by Grandmaster Chizuru Kineya.
About the Artist
Wakatsuki is the eldest son of Sennojô Wakatsuki, and part of a historical lineage of actors trained in traditional Japanese art and dance. He studied traditional Japanese dance from his father from an early age, going on to study the art of Kabuki Theater under renowned Kabuki master, Fujisono Yoshimura. In 2004, Wakatsuki was admitted to study at the Performing Arts Faculty at Nihon University in Japan, where he specialized in Japanese dance as well as theatrical production and management. In 2007, he entered the Japanese National Theater where he studied for three years learning the various skills related to traditional Japanese art and performance as a Kabuki actor’s apprentice. In 2010, Wakatsuki began his professional career as a Kabuki actor, and the following year he founded Wa No Kai, an association of four artists dedicated to promoting traditional Japanese Kabuki art as well as dance. Wa No Kai tours both nationally and internationally.