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Mansaku & Mansai. That’s Kyogen


Interactive DVD-ROM and DVD-Video, 2001.

with Chris Ziegler and Andreas Kratky.

The DVD project Mansaku & Mansai. That’s Kyogen was created as a digital archive to preserve, learn and study in-depth the style of the traditional Japanese Kyogen theater. The DVD-ROM with its clearly structured menu navigation offers the user a selection of chapters on theory and practice that cover the entire spectrum of the Kyogen theater in a direct and lively presentation. It also includes video clips with excerpts from the most important Kyogen pieces, selected and performed by Nomura Mansaku, the great master of the Kyogen and most famous actor in the field. In short workshop sequences, his son Nomura Mansai illustrates and explains themes such as the stage, characters, costumes and masks, instruments, movement sequences and sequences of steps, vocal means of expression etc.
The DVD-ROM is complemented by four video DVDs documenting thirteen of the most important full-length Kyogen plays.

  • Produced at ZKM Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe
  • Commissioned by Tokyo Media Connection and Waseda University
  • Published by Kadokawa Tokyo
  • Mansaku & Mansai, That’s Kyogen. Volker Kuchelmeister, Christian Ziegler, Andreas Kratky.
Karlsruhe, Tokyo, Bilingual (japanese / english), commissioned by Waseda University and Tokyo Media Connection, produced by ZKM Multimedia Studio and published by Kadokawa Shoten, Tokyo, 2001.
  • Mansaku & Mansai. That’s Kyogen, Silver Medal at Interactive Media Design Review 2001. I.D. Magazine, New York, 2001.
  • Imaging Media @ ZKM. ZKM Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Oct. 2009 – May 2011. Karlsruhe, Germany. Curator: Perter Weibel, Bernhard Serhexe.
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