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BUNRAKU is one of Japan’s representative traditional performing arts, designated as a World Intangible Heritage by UNESCO in 2003. It is a closely collaborative form which synchronizes narrative recitation, shamisen music and puppetry in performance. The origins of present-day bunraku date back to the seventeenth century, when older puppet shows (ayatsuri ningyo) were integrated with the medieval narrative (joruri) and called ningyo joruri, “puppet narrative.” Its popularity peaked with the works of playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon and narrator Takemoto Gidayu, and the founding of the Takemoto Theatre in Osaka in 1684 ushered in a golden age. The Toyotake Theatre and others later joined the field. They had varying success until in the mid-nineteenth century a native of Awaji named Uemura Bunrakuken opened a theatre which became the toast of Osaka, His dominance was such that his name became synonymous with the art form, which we still call bunraku today.
(Information sourced from Bunraku Kyokai)
Puppeteer Mr. Yoshida Kanya from the Bunraku Kyokai will talk on the various aspects of Bunraku and will also show how to handle actual puppets. Do note that English interpretation will be provided during this event. Please register early and don’t miss this one day only event.
ABOUT MR. YOSHIDA KANYA
Mr. Yoshida enrolled in the National Theatre as a 2nd generation bunraku trainee in 1974 and became a disciple of Kiritake Kanjuro II in 1976. Two years later, he made his debut performance at Asahiza Theatre in 1976. In 1986, he became a disciple of Yoshida Minosuke III and was given the stage name Yoshida Kanya. Mr. Yoshida was awarded the Incentive Prize at the 25th Bunraku Awards by the National Theatre in 2006.
ARTIST TALK DATE & TIME
DATE: Wednesday, 28th August 2013
TIME: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
VENUE: Japan Creative Centre, 4 Nassim Road, Singapore 258372
HOW TO REGISTER FOR EVENT?
Send us e-mail to email@example.com along with the following by Monday, 26th August 2013:
1. Subject: Introduction to "Bunraku"
2. FULL NAME
5. E-MAIL ADDRESS
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