Drama Teacher Tour: Cultural and Theatrical Japan, Sep18
Professional Development Tour for Primary and Secondary Teachers
Academy Travel is delighted to present an outstanding professional development opportunity for Australian Drama and Primary School teachers. This 15-day program is designed to enhance your knowledge and classroom skills in key areas related to the teaching of Japanese culture and performing arts to primary and secondary students.
The itinerary includes a mix of live performance, hands-on activities, workshops and guided tours as well as great opportunities for networking and discussions.
The national curriculum recognises an increased importance of exploring our Asian neighbours in subjects such as the arts. However, we appreciate how teacher training tends to be more Western focused and many Asian art forms feel foreign and intimidating for teachers to tackle effectively with their students. This tour helps bridge a gap in professional learning in unfamiliar and wonderful practices in theatre, music, dance and art. We seek to give our teachers the confidence to sample new forms and styles so as to incorporate Japanese arts into their classroom.
Summary itinerary and highlights
Workshops, Tours and Activities
- A full day Noh workshop
- Taiko Drumming and Butoh Dance workshops
- Walking tour of the Entertainment District (including Geisha and Kabuki sites) in Kyoto
- Japanese Tea Ceremony and Ninja/ Samurai workshop
- Tour of Toei Kyoto Studio Park, where Edo-era films are made
- Kimono-wearing experience in Kyoto’s Geisha district
- Guided walking tour of Itsukushima Shrine, with emphasis on traditional dance and Noh Theatre
- Bunraku workshop (subject to confirmation)
- Walking tour of Osaka’s historic entertainment district
- Museum visits, including the Ghibli Museum (subject to confirmation), Edo-Tokyo Museum and the Kyoto National Museum
- Visit to Universal Studios Japan
Live Performances and Analysis
- Kabuki performance in Tokyo
- Dinner and Maiko (Geisha) show in Kyoto
- Noh or Kabuki performance in Kyoto
- Bunraku performance in Osaka (subject to availability)
- Group discussions following each performance and activity