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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 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 Living National Treasure Seiji Tsurusawa and video by Tabaimo and Sugimoto. The puppets, imbued with life, captivate audiences with their lively movements rivaling the eloquence of actual human beings.
“Sugimoto breathed souls into the lifeless wooden puppets.”– Le Monde
October 19–22, 2019 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 (subject to change), including intermission
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.
Corporate support is provided by Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), 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.