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Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju The Love Suicides at Sonezaki

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 at 7:30AM

Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P Rose Hall

  • Oct 2019

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    7:30AM

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Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju The Love Suicides at Sonezaki

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 at 7:30AM

New York, NY , United States of America




The
2019 White Light Festival opens on Saturday, October 19 with
Sugimoto
Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju:
The
Love Suicides at Sonezaki
told through Japanese bunraku puppet theater in a contemporary
interpretation directed by renowned artist
Hiroshi
Sugimoto
.
Incorporating music by Seiji Tsurusawa, designated by Japan as a
Living National Treasure, and video by Tabaimo and Sugimoto, this
U.S. production premiere is a bold staging of Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s
classic 18th-century drama based upon actual events, and a rare
opportunity to experience bunraku in New York City.

Sugimoto
Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju: 
The
Love Suicides at Sonezaki

(U.S. production premiere)

Saturday, October 19, 2019 at
7:30
pm                                                                                                 

Sunday, October 20, 2019 at
3:00 pm

Monday, October 21, 2019 at
7:30 pm

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at
7:30 pm

Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln
Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall

 

Original text by Chikamatsu
Monzaemon
Hiroshi Sugimoto, artistic director
Seiji Tsurusawa,
composer and director

Tomogoro Yamamura,
choreography
Tabaimo and Hiroshi Sugimoto, video

Cast: Rodayu Toyotake, Seiji
Tsurusawa, Tamasuke Yoshida, and others

Performed in Japanese with
English supertitles

 

Performance length: Two hours and
30 minutes, including intermission

 

At
the turn of 18th-century Japan, a clerk and a courtesan committed
suicide in the forest of Tenjin. 
The
Love Suicides at Sonezaki
,
a tragic play based upon these actual events, was banned after its
1703 premiere for more than two centuries. For this U.S. production
premiere, renowned artist Hiroshi Sugimoto presents a bold,
contemporary interpretation of the classic drama using bunraku puppet
theater with music by Seiji Tsurusawa, who has been designated by
Japan as a Living National Treasure, and video by Tabaimo and
Sugimoto. The puppets, imbued with life, captivate audiences with
their lively movements rivaling the eloquence of actual human
beings. 

 

Presented
in association with The Japan Foundation and Odawara Art
Foundation. 
Sugimoto
Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju: The Love Suicides at Sonezaki 
is
part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese
arts and culture in the United States throughout 2019.

 

In cooperation with National
Bunraku Theatre, BUNRAKU KYOKAI and Setagaya Arts Foundation/Setagaya
Public Theatre.

 

Corporate support is provided
by Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.),
Inc., Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, J.C.C. Fund, Japanese Chamber
of Commerce and Industry of New York, and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo
Metal U.S.A., Inc. Additional support is made possible in part by The
Jim Henson Foundation.

 

Lincoln Center
for the Performing Arts 2019 White Light Festival will run October 19
through November 24. For its tenth anniversary season, the
multidisciplinary festival will feature events presented in eight
venues across the city, including U.S. and New York premieres and the
return of festival favorites.

 

The
resonance of the White Light Festival has only deepened during its
first decade, as we have moved into far more challenging times here
and around the world,” said Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director
of Lincoln Center. “The Festival’s central theme, namely the
singular capacity of artistic expression to illuminate what is inside
ourselves and connect us to others, is more relevant than ever. This
10
th anniversary
edition spanning disparate countries, cultures, disciplines, and
genres emphasizes that the elevation of the spirit the arts inspires
uniquely unites us and expands who we are.”

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