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10/19/2019 - 10/22/2019
New York (NY)

Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju

© Hiroshi Sugimoto / Courtesy of Odawara Art Foundation

Time & Location

October 19 – 22
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall (New York, NY)


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 Hiroshi Sugimoto. The puppets, imbued with life, captivate audiences with their lively movements rivaling the eloquence of actual human beings.

Presented in association with Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival and Odawara Art Foundation; and in cooperation with National Bunraku Theatre, BUNRAKU KYOKAI and Setagaya Arts Foundation/Setagaya Public Theatre. Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju is part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the United States throughout 2019.

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