Bunraku puppet in performance in Osaka.
AGES OF ENCHANTMENT: JPA Cultural Repertoires 2017
Japan Performing Arts, Inc.
October 28, 2017
6:30 PM - ONE NIGHT ONLY
$40 general admission (day of show) $30 (advance sale) Students (high school & college) $25 (day of show), $18 (advance sale) Student ID required for box office purchases only. Child/Senior $25 (day o
The enchanting dance styles of Iwami Kagura and Nihon Buyo, a world-acclaimed Bunraku puppet troupe and a fashion show of wedding kimonos will be featured in "Ages Of Enchantment: JPA Cultural Repertoires 2017," a showcase of Japanese performing arts and culture, October 28, 2017 at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street). The event is presented by Japan Performing Arts Inc. (JPA), a cultural organization founded and led by choreographer Yuko Hamada, who curates the evening.
It's meant to be a splendid introduction or re-introduction to high folk arts of Japan’s Osaka, Akita and Shimane prefectures. Detailed explanations together with photo and video projections will be offered before each live performance in order to promote better understanding of these unique features of Japanese culture. The evening was inspired by the success of a similar evening that was offered by Japan Performing Arts, Inc. in 2015 at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. The program will be presented at Symphony Space to bring it to a wider audience. Nevertheless, audience members are advised to buy tickets early, since space will actually be limited: 300 of the more than 750 seats will be offered free to New York City public schools, community organizations, and charities.
Performances will showcase five classic Japanese arts disciplines:
The first is Bunraku Puppet Theater, an Osaka Tradition Bunraku, a centuries-old style of Japanese puppet theater. It is very popular in Osaka. It has been designated by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Bunraku makes its return to New York after its debut in the city 25 years ago. Bunraku is typically performed with puppets on a wide stage, accompanied by highly-expressive chanting by a tayu, an oral storyteller, ningyoshi or puppeteers and musician playing a shimasen, a three-string instrument. In this special performance, only three puppeteers -- Kanichi Yoshida, Montake Kiritake and Tamahiko Yoshida – will perform.
Usually, the Bunraku performers do not interact with audiences, but before their segment, they will discuss Bunraku’s 400-year-old techniques. They will explain how they work together. (The first puppeteer operates the body and right hand of the puppet, the second one operates the left hand, and the third member moves the legs).