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Japanese Storytelling Magic

 MAILED:  Sept. 25, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — An evening of Japanese storytelling — combining pantomime, original music, masks, origami, stylized movements and a touch of magic — will be presented Thursday, Oct. 9, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Kuniko Yamamoto will bring folktales from her home country to life at her Artists Series performance, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Yamamoto weaves myths and tradition into a unique form of family-friendly entertainment. The stories include “The Little Funny Woman,” “The Stonecutter” and short stories from the oldest Japanese book of Kojiki, which portray the culture and moral perspective of Japan. Social ideas are illustrated through commentary and description of Japanese traditions, inviting comparison to American tales, arts and cultural elements.

Kuniko Yamamoto is a native of Japan, where she grew up studying and performing traditional theater and dance. She came to the United States 17 years ago and began touring with Leland Faulkner’s Light Theater, performing at hundreds of schools and theaters. During the last decade she has been presenting her programs throughout the United States, performing in such venues as the Disney Epcot Japanese Pavilion and The Kennedy Center.

Admission is $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office of University Centers and Programs.

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Updated: September 25, 2003