Festival Report フェスティバル レポート 2012

A supreme comedy made with you./ Fraser Hooper

A gentle man with a hat and a coat appears on stage. Frazer Hooper starts his
stage by asking 4 audiences on stage, poking fun of them and sending the crowd
into laughter.
With his show ready to get heated up, he undresses his coat to reveal his
underwear which has a English flag design.
Words spelled on his t-shirt says "KNOCK YOU OUT!"
Seems like Frazer wants to start his own boxing tournament with his audience!

Surprisingly, his audience is in charge of making punching and kicking noise,
acting as a pole, and holding the ropes on the ring. Seems like they are not
just some volunteer on stage, but have a role of their own.
When I asked him if it is difficult to start a performance with so many
untrained audience on stage, Frazer replied,
"Japanese people are shy, but that is another reason that
makes this boxing match exciting!"
Come and watch Frazer's show, you may possibly be the next contestant!


2012Festival Report in English / 2012Artist
2012/11/04 04:45 PM

True traditional performer family, "WOLF BROTHERS & HELENA"

WOLF BLOTHERS & HELENA comes from the Czech Republic.
The team was made 10 years ago.
Their performances are amazing and delightful,
so as an audience, we are fascinated by their performance.

On the other hand, most of their performance are dangerous.
To be specific, going down the ladder without support and
juggling sticks on fire on the top of the ladder is the
most dangerous performance.

So audiences tremble to think how it would end.
However don't worry! They've acted that performance
since they were only 6 years old, practicing 5 hours a day and
have perfected their act.

Why? Their family has been performing for 5 generations
like Kabuki and Noh.

Their performance is the true tradition
inherited generation after generation.

Now, Helena is married with one of the Wolf brothers,
and she is a wonderful performer suitable for the traditional family.

Oh, Today is the last day of DAIDOUGEI WORLD CUP IN SHIZUOKA 2012.Never miss the amazing, dangerous, delightful, and exciting
performance of 5 generations traditional performer's family!


2012Festival Report in English / 2012Artist
2012/11/04 03:32 PM

Comedy genius/JOHNNY FILION

Simply he is really funny.I enjoyed his show so much.His loud laughter invites more laughter.

In the show he makes his dog fetch, but it doesn't move, because it is just a TOY DOG.Of course it won't fetch. In a second he just hurls it away.If you laugh at his kind behavior in everyday lives,
even if it is very funny,it can be uncouth.But that's his comedy show and it is completely ridicurous!Don't withhold your laughter.

He reminds all of us that everyday is full of amusement.He is a genius in finding something funny.

In his private life he is a father.He must be a really funny father,
but his family is used to his jokes and sometimes gives crittical and unkind comments.He receives them sincerely and try to find new laugh for his next show.

Come see his show and let's have a lot of fun and join in the great laugh.

(Uluru's mummy)

2012Festival Report in English / 2012Artist
2012/11/04 03:07 PM

Wiener Blut / Theater Irrwisch

Wegenstreits Guests were invited to DAIDOGEI Worldcup in Shizuoka.
They are from the Theater Irrwisch, Vienna.
Three gentlemen are formaly dressed.
They are typical Viennese gentlemen.
However, they are funny and they have too long legs!

In Sumpu-jo castle park, Gofuku-cho street, Shichiken-cho street,
anyone young, old, male and female couldn't help but take notice them and laugh.

21 years ago, three young men discovered each other and started new lives as DAIDOGEI performers.
They named the group "Theater Irrwisch".
Irrwisch is an old German word meaning a child glown up in a wood, he / she might be a human or might not...
How fantasy!

Thater Irrwisch seems to have a deep history.
It's so hard to wait for seeing the performance and asking the history of Theater Irrwisch until the next time.


photo by N.S

2012Festival Report in English / 2012Artist
2012/11/04 02:34 PM

Chinese acrobats, now and beyond./ Duo Yingling

A massive crowd is cheering loudly in the middle of the street in Shizuoka. With Daidogei World Cup taking place,
two artists from China, the Duo Yingling, are here to perform their distinctive and mysterious acrobatic show.
Training twenty years together, the two knows each other like sisters, and have a perfect synronization in their act.

With tremendous flexibility, the two can perform difficult act with ease.
Spinning towels and spear with their hand and arm, you will be amazed at what they can do.
Combining their own ideas into the traditional chinese acrobat, the Duo Yingling will have you cheering in amazement!

I asked what they do to maintain such a athletic body, and they told me "Nothing special, we eat alot of vegetables, practice, and not eat too much fast food. We also practice 8 hours a day, and only rest on Sundays. It's not easy."
You can say that practicing over and over creates the backbone to their successful performance.

We asked Duo Yingling about the audience in Shizuoka, and they told us happily that the crowd was "amazing!" The
two currently resides in England and Germany, and are flying to Finland after the World Cup.
There is not much time left, don't miss their performance!


2012Festival Report in English
2012/11/04 02:11 PM

Personal Transformation!? / Face Paint by Liz Small

One of the most essential performances in this festival might be face paint.

This interviewee (from Toyota city, Aichi pref.) challenges face paint EVERY YEAR!!
Today, he transformed into the Cheshire Cat as a cat fancier.

For him, this transformation is one of the most important event for reducing stress of daily work.

So, why not come and transform yourself in both face and mind?


2012Festival Report in English / 2012Audience
2012/11/03 08:30 PM