[Hanoi] Marionette Theatre YOUKIZA Classic public performance

Marionette Theater YOUKIZA, Youth Theater and Vietnam Puppet Theater proudly presents a marionette performance program “Marionette Theatre YOUKIZA: Classic public performance” by Marionette Theater YOUKIZA from Tokyo, Japan, at Vietnam Puppet Theater in Hanoi on 21st and 22nd March 2015. The program is supported by The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam.

The Marionette Theater YOUKIZA was founded in 1635 by Youki Magosaburō I; to the present time of Youki Magosaburō XII, the company has enjoyed a history of 380 years. It was awarded as national Important Intangible Folk-cultural Property and Intangible Cultural Property of Tokyo

Its main activities are classical productions drawn from its jōruri repertory and new plays, magic lantern shows, and intercultural productions. Their experimental productions include actor-puppet performance, in which the puppeteer both manipulates puppets and performs as a character himself; the application of premodern puppetry techniques; and the insertion of Edo magic lantern visuals. The YOUKIZA continually seeks to develop and combine new aspects to enhance their distinctive performance style.

In 2007, the Japan-France Theatre Collaboration of Jean Genet’s Les Paravents and two traditional plays by the YOUKIZA were invited to the Avignon Theatre Festival, one of the three major world theatre festivals, and received accolades. In 2008, for the 100th Anniversary of Japan-Brazil Exchange, YOUKIZA was dispatched by the Japan Foundation to four Brazilian cities to perform authentic traditional puppetry. In March 2010, YOUKIZA performed Kuo Pao Kun’s The Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral (dir. Frederik Fisbach) at the Setagaya Theatre Tram, Tokyo. This production was also invited to the Croatian Eurokaz Festival and the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleta, Italy, and received both effusive popular and critical acclaim.

The performances and workshops will be conducted at Vietnam Puppet Theater, 361 Truong Chinh, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi on 21st , 22nd and 23rd March 2015. Program is opened free for public audience (first come first served).

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


Performance schedule
Time: 14:00 – 15:30 Saturday 21st March, 2015 
14:00 – 15:30 Sunday 22nd March, 2015
Venue: Vietnam Puppet Theater, 361 Truong Chinh, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi
Program: Short description
Lion Dance
Yaoya-Oshichi/ Oshichi, the greengrocer’s daughter
Workshop schedule 
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 16:00 on 23rd March, 2015
Venue:   Vietnam Puppet Theater, 336 Truong Chinh, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi
*Admission free (first come first served)
Organizer Marionette Theater YOUKIZA
Youth Theater Vietnam
Vietnam Puppet Theater
Supported by The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

■  Press release:



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

Ms. Nha (ext 115)/Mr. Kawai (ext 109)/Ms. Phan Huong (Youth Theater – 04 3943 6636­)
The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam       TEL 04-3944-7419    www.jpf.org.vn

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