‘Kuwento-物語(monogatari)’: Revisited Tales from Japan and the Philippines
by Théatre Lapis – Manila
December 18, 2020
A digital storytelling exploration of Japanese and Filipino folktales told in English. The show is an international collaboration among Filipino, Japanese, and British artists from different corners of the globe. Overcoming challenges of the isolation induced by COVID-19 in the year 2020, this project seeks to create innovative ways of sharing stories even in a remote setup. This is part of the organizer’s 5-year plan to revisit folktales and stories of Japan and the Philippines, retell them with dramatization, visuals, and music, and later on publish them as multilingual storybooks.
This project’s first installment featured three well known Japanese folktales; ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya,’ ‘Momotaro’, and ‘The Fisher Boy Urashima.’ These three tales of love, adventure, and wonder – cultural masterpieces and treasures of Japan – have been passed down from generation to generation, imparting wisdom, igniting imagination and entertaining audiences of all ages.