April 3, 2017 (6:30pm-9:30pm Monday)
Presented by: Tom Lee (War Horse, Madama Butterfly) and Koryu Nishikawa V (Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo, Cart Puppetry Company of Japan)
LEVEL: Advanced | Must Apply | Ages 18+
DESCRIPTION: Visiting puppet artists Tom Lee (War Horse, Madama Butterfly) and Koryu Nishikawa V (Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo, Cart Puppetry Company of Japan) conduct a special workshop exploring Japanese traditional puppetry techniques that have had an enormous influence on world puppetry performance. Mr. Nishikawa, a fifth generation Japanese Master Puppeteer, will illustrate and explain his unique tradition called kuruma ningyo or cart puppetry. In addition, he will demonstrate and explain the principles behind traditional sannin zukkai (three person puppetry), the foundation of the Bunraku tradition. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to handle traditional Japanese puppets and draw back the curtain on how these beautiful puppets are brought to life through skillful puppetry technique.
Japanese musician Chieko Hara will also demonstrate the unique role of traditional instruments in Japanese puppetry and how her music “speaks” to American composer Bill Ruyle in the production of Shank’s Mare. This rare and exciting opportunity will also include traditional Japanese puppeteer Ryukumi Nishikawa.
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