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Bunraku at UC Berkeley (California), 10/13-14/2007

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  • wodeford
    Coming to Berkekey s Cal Performances series this fall: http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/presents/season/2007/theater/bptj.php Bunraku, Japan s centuries-old
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      Coming to Berkekey's Cal Performances series this fall:

      http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/presents/season/2007/theater/bptj.php

      Bunraku, Japan's centuries-old form of puppet theater, combines three
      distinct and highly refined artistic disciplines: joruri, or ballad
      narration, shamisen instrumental music, and ningyo tsukai, or the art
      of puppet manipulation. Each of these skills demands years of intense
      training (it is said to take at least 25 years to attain the status of
      omozukai, the main puppet master). But the true magic of bunraku is
      revealed when the three independent components of movement, words, and
      music come together—it is this awe-inspiring ensemble work that evokes
      such deep emotion and wonder. This is extraordinary, multidimensional
      performance, displaying complexities not found in any other theater in
      the world. In a major cultural event, Japan's foremost exponent of
      this singular living art form—a company that includes four "Living
      National Treasures"—visits the United States for the first time since
      1983.

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      Program: Date Musume Koi no Higanoko (Oshichi of the Fire Watch Tower)
      (1773), Tsubosaka Kannon Reigenki (Miracle at the Tsubosaka Kannon
      Temple) (1887), and an introduction to bunraku.

      Saionji no Hanae
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