Workshop at Yokohama Tsurumi High School

15 February 2011

This time my stage fright was not as big as the first time when we had workshop at Yokohama Ouyou High School. The school looked quite similar to the one in Ouyou. Interesting is why I expected the schools to look different.

Anyway the structure of workshop was actually the same, we just adjusted with Ryuzo few things to the fact that this is a theatre class rather then dance class.

The workshop turned up ok and functional for the needs of the girls, teacher and school. Both workshops sparkled ideas to develop and widen such collaboration. To me came the idea that actually we could develop similar thing in high schools with the project Ecollectiv. We could give workshops in couples in different schools the whole season through. This of course requires quite an organization and lobbying. Nonetheless it is an idea.

Major difference between Ouyou and Tsurumi high school workshop is that at Ouyou girls do this as extra curriculum and girls at Tsurumi do this course as obligatory curriculum. The atmosphere is accordingly different in that girls at Tsurumi were waiting for us to impress them and then they would be willing to collaborate more actively.

The surprise that was waiting for us was that a (female) ambassador of Slovenia her excellency Helena Drnovšek Zorko payed a visit to the high school to meet girls and us at the workshop. She expressed an admiration that a Japanese artist (ok to be correct an artist with Japanese citizenship) living in Slovenia and  Slovenian artist have a workshop at Japanese High School. This is quite a peculiar thing and sure I will meet with to find out more about Embassy's interest into such Slovenian endeavour.

Slowly a wish is growing in me to know the language. Ryuzo does excellent job in translating, but there are situations that require a personal approach. So I bought myself a book to learn some Japanese. Of course not for now to learn Japanese fluently, but for the next time since there will be next time for Japan.

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