Media Advisory - Japan's hugely popular ancient classical comedy act -
Yamamoto Kyogen Company - makes first and only appearance in Canada

March 29, 2010 - Toronto's Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

TORONTO, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - Japan's ancient comedy act - Yamamoto Kyogen Company - will perform for the first time in Canada and for one night only at Toronto's Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC).

Kyogen is the Japanese classical comic theatre. Like another Japanese classic theatre, Noh, it originated in the early 14th century. Acting troupes in a variety of centuries-old theatrical traditions toured and performed at temples, shrines and festivals, often with the patronage of the nobility. While Noh is musical in nature, Kyogen is comic theatre.

Kyogen performers depend on exuberant facial expressions for comic effect. The stories are derived from mundane subjects and depict daily life through dialogue and mime. The comedy and laughter invoked by Kyogen are meant to celebrate humanity. Kyogen requires an extremely high level of vocal and physical control with speaking, story-telling and singing as three distinct vocal disciplines.

Designated "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO, Noh and Kyogen are world-renowned forms of traditional Japanese theatre with a more than 600-year-old history.

    When:        Monday, March 29, 2010 - 7:00 p.m.
    Where:       Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court
                 (north east of Don Mills and Eglinton)
    Admission:   JCCC members and students - $25, non-members $30.
                 To reserve tickets, call 416-441-2345.

    A traditional Noh stage will be built in the JCCC's Kobayashi Hall and
    there will be English subtitles.

    Parking: Free onsite parking

About the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) is one of the largest Japanese cultural centres outside of Japan. It is a registered charity (BN118972967RR0001) that has been serving the Greater Toronto Area for more than forty-five years.

For more information on the JCCC and its activities, visit

SOURCE Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

For further information: For further information: Paul Tyler, (905) 235-7285,

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