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Press Release About JPA Cultural Repertoires About Bunraku for JPA Cultural Repertoires

JPA  will have "Cultural Repertoires 2017" show, the second production counting from the first one in 2015. The show will be bigger with more varieties of Japanese performing arts.   


This time, we are inviting professional Bunraku puppeteers from Osaka. This is the first time in about 25 years since the last time Bunraku puppeteers came to perform in NYC. Bunraku is listed as one of UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003).   


The three puppeteers will give us a lecture on their puppet maneuvering techniques passed down and developed over four hundred years. They will show you how they work together and various movement techniques including how they sustain a 10 kg puppet for an hour. There will be a briefing on Bunraku's history and background knowledge as well.


The techniques are unbelievably delicate and require a life-long training. They are performers as well as craftsmen. They are considered as high-ranking masters usually only after reaching around the age of 65 years old.


The show consists of three parts: Kimono Show, Nihon Buyo and regional performing arts, which include Bunraku as well as other regions' traditional performances.


Don't miss this rare opportunity of seeing live Bunraku movements first hand. Please come to see our show at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th street.

www.symphonyspace.org


Looking forward to seeing you at the theater!


Japan Performing Arts, Inc.

A main character, Ohichi in“Datemusume koi no higanoko”  played by Kanichi Yoshida Part 1  Kimono Show Kimono Models Aoi Sato, Wakaba Nakamura, Ting Yu Hsu, Qing Hua, Ziye Li, Yi Meng, Chinatsu  Sugimoto  Kayo Kobayashi, Eri Cuticone, Pablo Ito Yukata Dancers Sayaka Wada, Ayaka Yoshimoto, Ayaka Taniguchi, Yuka Notsuka, Aya Ikeda,   Takashi Hosoi Dressing Wedding  Kimono Emi Kikuchi,  Saori Morris (Assistant) Dressing Kimono Emi Kikuchi, Saori Morris, Yukari Mizuuchi, Hair Designers Toshitsugu Kubota, Saori Morris, Yukari Mizuuchi, Yukie Nammori, Tomomi Iwata,  Mika Saijo Kimono & Hair Coordinator Yukari Mizuuchi Part 2  Dance Ballet Ayaka Taniguchi Duet  (Modern Nichibu & Modern Ballet) Motoko Tadano, Chrisy Kakurai Hakama Dance  (Original dance number) Takashi Hosoi, Ryo Shiba, Pablo Ito, Sho Miya, Tsubasa Nishioka Shishi  (Nihon Buyo) Takashi Hosoi, Ryo Shiba Hyakka Motoko Tadano, Midori Anami, Hitomi Ozaki, Akiko Matsumoto Part 3  Folk Performing Arts in Japan Nishimonai  Bon-odori Nozomi Ariake, Noriko Kwazawu, Sayaka Wada, Hitomi Ozaki, Akiko Matsumoto,  Ayaka Yoshimoto Iwami Kagura  (Orochi / Serpernts) Bunraku (Puppets) Kanichi Yoshida, Montomi Kiritake, Tamahiko Yosihda Intermission Staffs Assistant Director Tomoko Takedani Sater Translator Natsumi Sophia Bellali Haruka Kosugi Stage Manager Mariko Takizawa Assistant Seika Takeuchi Sound Operator Shin Kanemitsu Lighting Designer & Operator Brian  Aldous Ticket Manager Sachiko Ninomiya Script / Director / Choreographer (Part 2) Yuko Hamada Haru no Umi  (Nihon Buyo) Noriko Kawazu, Midori Anami, Hitomi Ozaki