28 June 2018, 7.30pm
Theatre in the Mill, off Shearbridge Road, Bradford BD7 1NX
Free of charge
Join Whitestone Arts for an insight into the creation of the Stormy House project, and see how the celebrated calligraphy of Misuzu Kosaka is being integrated into the design for this immersive production.
1st July 2018, 11am-1pm
Old School Room, Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth BD22 8DR
Tickets £20.00/£17.50 concessions, bookable at http://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on or on 01535 640192
In this workshop Misuzu will show participants how to transform text fragments from Wuthering Heights into creative calligraphy. In the Japanese style of ‘following the brush’ she will use kanji (Japanese characters) as a fluid bridge between words and images: both significant building blocks in the narrative worlds of the Brontës.
Old School Room, Brontë Parsonage Museum, 2.15pm. Free of charge
Why does Wuthering Heights have such particular resonance for Japanese readers? As part of the Stormy House project, Damian Flanagan will explore possible literary and landscape connections between Emily Brontë’s work and the islands of the North Pacific where she set her Gondal fantasies. He will also discuss his collaboration with calligrapher Misuzu Kosaka when editing and translating the works of novelist Natsume Soseki in the early 2000s.
Damian is a writer and literary critic specialising in Japanese culture. He read English at the University of Cambridge, and completed an MA and PhD in Japanese Literature at Kobe University. He has published several books and writes widely on Japanese arts and society for the international press.
Old School Room, Brontë Parsonage Museum, 3.00pm. Free of charge
The tea ceremony is perhaps the most elegant of Japanese traditions, combining refined etiquette, religious symbolism, sensuous indulgence and healing power. Ayaka Morimoto trained in the culture of old Japan from the age of six, and has been performing at the Camellia Tea Ceremony in Kyoto, where Whitestone Arts met her in 2017. We invite you to watch an authentic Japanese tea ceremony and hope that some members of the audience can take part.
Lockwood’s ‘beneficent fairy’ young Cathy initially refuses him a cuppa on his fateful second visit to Wuthering Heights. The protagonist of Lafcadio Hearn’s ghost story In a Cup of Tea sees a spirit in the cup and drinks anyway thereby, like Lockwood, swallowing a ghost-soul. Tea is a serious business.