(Hanoi & HCMC) BUNRAKU Demonstration and Performance Japanese puppet theater masterpiece shows in Hanoi and HCMC

UntitledOn the occasion of 45 years of Vietnam-Japan Diplomatic ties, The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam proudly presents a Bunraku demonstration and performance by six young leaders of BUNRAKU Company from Osaka, Japan in Ho Chi Minh City on 12th July and in Hanoi on 14th July.

Ranking with Noh and Kabuki as one of Japan’s foremost stage arts, the Ningyo Johruri Bunraku puppet theater (Bunraku) is a blend of sung narrative, instrumental accompaniment and puppet drama. The plots related in this new form of puppet theater derived from two principal sources: historical plays set in feudal times (Jidaimono) and contemporary dramas exploring the conflict between affairs of heart and social obligation(Sewamono). Ningyo Johruri had adopted its characteristic staging style by the mid eighteenth century with three puppeters, visible to the audience, manipulate large articulated puppets on the stage behind a waist high screen. From a projecting elevated platform (yuka), the narrator (tayu) recounts the action while a musician provides musical accompaniment on three-stringed spike lute (shamisen). To solely dubs all characters voice in a play, one tayu has to change different voices and intonations. Although the tayu “reads” from a scripted text, there is ample room for improvisation. Approximately 160 works out of the 700 plays written during the Edo period have remained in today’s repertory. Nowadays, the aesthetic qualities and dramatic content of the plays continue to appeal to modern audiences.

In 2014, Bunraku Puppet Theater, traditional puppet theater of Japan, was staged for the first time in Hanoi. It not only marked a historical first appearance in Vietnam, but also paved a way to a new collaboration between Japan and ASEAN countries through traditional puppets.

The demonstration and performance will be conducted both in Ho Chi Minh City at San khau The gioi Tre, 125 Cong Quynh Street, District 1 and in Hanoi at Youth Theater Vietnam, 11 Ngo Thi Nham street, Hai Ba Trung District .

(*) The program is not recommended for children under 12 years old.

Program


[HO CHI MINH CITY]

Time:

15:00 on Thurday 12th July, 2018

Performance (around 20 minutes)

Demonstration

Q&A

19:00 on Thurday 12th July, 2018

Performance (around 20 minutes)

Demonstration

Q&A

Venue:

San khau The Gioi Tre

125 Cong Quynh Street, District 1

Ticket distribution:

Starting from 9:00 on Tuesday 3rd July, 2018

San khau The Gioi Tre

125 Cong Quynh Street, District 1

[Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:30, closed on Sunday]

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[HANOI]

Time:

10:00 on Saturday 14th July, 2018

Performance (around 20 minutes)

Demonstration

Q&A

 

16:00 on Saturday 14th July, 2018

Performance (around 20 minutes)

Demonstration

Q&A

Venue:

Youth Theatre

11 Ngo Thi Nham, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi

Ticket distribution:

Starting from 12:00 on Friday 6th July, 2018

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

[Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:30, closed on Sunday]

 Organizer:

The Japan Foundation center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

Cooperation with:

National Bunraku Theater

Bunraku Kyokai

KANSAI BUTAI Co., Ltd.

NPO Ningyo Johruri Bunrakuza

Adventure JAPAN Co., Ltd.

Synopsys of the extract

Scene of “HINOMI YAGURA” from the story of “DATE MUSUME KOI NO HIGANOKO

This story is based on the affairs which happened in Edo period, about 300 years ago.

Oshichi, a daughter of greengrocer was upset late at night because she found out the place of the sword which her lover Kichisaburo lost. He was about to commit seppuku for this mismanagement. She wanted to tell it to him immediately but she couldn’t go out from the city centrum because all the gates were closed during the night.

In Edo city (Tokyo, nowadays), gates around the city were closed and they were never opened till morning comes. Once closed, people couldn’t go through the gate. But gates were opened only when an alarm bells for a fire rang.

Oshichi had to go out from the city through the gate to see him!

Then, she caught her eyes a watch tower (HinomiYagura) by chance. She went up straight the tower and sounded an alarm bell to open the gates.

(Sounding an alarm bell when a fire doesn’t happen is also serious crime at that period)

For inquiries on the concerts and interview with the musicians, please contact:

Ms. Nha (ext 115)/Mr. Kawai (ext 109)

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam       TEL 024-3944-7419    www.jpf.org.vn

https://www.facebook.com/japanfoundation.vietnam

 

 


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