ETH-NOH-TEC is a kinetic storytelling company based in San Francisco that is at once precision choreography, lyrical word-weaving, graceful, playful and poetic. By layering ancient Asian mythologies, folktales and Asian urban legends with Asian American sensibilities, Eth-Noh-Tec has created an exciting new blend of movement-based storytelling. Founding member, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo travels to Massachusetts each Spring to perform Eth-Noh-Tec stories for school assemblies.
Master storyteller Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec delights students with folk tales and myths from Asia: Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, Afghanistan, and other Asian cultures. His engaging performances take you on an adventure of the imagination, weaving a variety of traditional tales with music, movement, and wild facial gestures to bring the characters and places to life. A few examples from his repertoire include “Firedog” (Korea), “Rainbow Mudbabies” (Philippines), “Mr. Pepper Peel and the Parrot” (China), and “The Bird of Happiness” (Tibet)
Target Grades: K-12
Audience Limit: 300
Performance Length: 45-60 minutes
Eth-Noh-Tec Performance Requirements
Eth-Noh-Tec Educational Materials
Single: $588 Double: $941 Triple: $1,235 Quad: $1,470
Travel Fee: based upon mileage (calculate below).
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time
Growing up in the late 60′s with a Japanese and Filipino American heritage, Robert was provided with a rich cultural environment from which to explore the creation of an Asian American identity. His music background as a songwriter and composer, his interest and talents in Asian ethnic music, dance and theater, and his innate comedic ability merged with his social and political philosophy to place Robert in the exciting art form of storytelling. Synthesizing the spoken word with kinetic sensibilities, interlacing music to create interludes and atmosphere, and engaging his audiences into playful participation, integrates all of the elements Robert values for conveying his philosophy through performance.
Robert’s accolades include composing film scores for such notable Asian American filmmakers as Wayne Wang (“Chan is Missing” and “Eat a Bowl of Tea”) and Felicia Lowe (“Carved in Silence”). His musical expertise also includes performing and songwriting on recordings for such Asian American bands such as “Yokohama, California,” “Bamboo Brew,” and “The Noh Buddies.” As pioneer and master teacher of Kulintang gong music in Northern California, Robert fathered the Kulintang movement and founded the groups “Kalilang” and the “San Francisco Kulintang Ensemble.” The California Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts/Folk Arts Program are a few of the eminent grants Robert has received. He was acknowledged with a SF Izzy Award and in 1999, he was the recipient of the National Young Audiences “Artist of the Year.”
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