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Contemporary & Traditional Puppet Theater

February 23, 2023



Thursday February 23 7:30 pm local_bar
Friday February 24 7:30 pm contact_support
Saturday February 25 7:30 pm

local_bar Followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception
contact_support Followed by an artist Q&A

AKUTAGAWA is a stage portrait of Ryunosuke Akutagawa, father of the modern Japanese short novel and author of In a Grove, the basis of Akira Kurosawa’s landmark 1950 film Rashomon. Told through the traditional puppetry style kuruma ningyo blended with dynamic video images, AKUTAGAWA is an amalgam of five of his famous short stories—including Rashomon, Hell Screen (Jigokuhen), The Dragon, Toshishun and Kappa. The show explores the author’s artistic insight and fragile emotional state. This production is made through an international collaboration between puppeteers Koryu Nishikawa V (Tokyo) and Tom Lee (Chicago), with live music by Yukio Tsuji (New York).

Tickets: $30 / $24 members
Suitable for ages 13 and up.

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Related Events & Workshops

Kuruma Ningyo Masterclass

Kuruma Ningyo Puppetry Masterclass
February 24 at 11 am—1 pm

Learn about the unique mechanics of kuruma ningyo in this special workshop for professional puppeteers led by Koryu Nishikawa V.

Kuruma Ningyo Masterclass

Family Workshop on Kuruma Ningyo Puppetry
February 25 at 10:30 am—12 pm

Koryu Nishikawa V, grand master of Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Puppet Theater, invites families to a special performance and hands-on workshop of Japanese puppet theater.

Image: AKUTAGAWA © Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo, The Koryu Nishikawa Troupe.

AKUTAGAWA is supported by Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) and The Osaka Community Foundation / anonymous fund No.22.

Arts Council Tokyo

2022-23 Performing Arts Season Support

Lead Sponsor

MetLife Foundation

The season is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural AffairsNew York State Council on the Arts

Major support is generously provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and Doug and Teresa Peterson. Endowment support is provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund and the Endowment for the Performing Arts, established with a leadership gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Howard Gilman Foundation

Additional support is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Dr. Jeanette C. Takamura, Estate of Alan M. Suhonen, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Nancy and Joe Walker, Dr. John K. Gillespie, Paula S. Lawrence, Hiroko Onoyama, Lyndley and Samuel Schwab, and Nora and David Tezanos.

Transportation assistance is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. Yamaha is the official piano provider of Japan Society. MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception is provided by MetLife Foundation.

All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.