Complicite and Setagaya Public Theatre: Shun-kin

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - Sunday, September 29, 2013
Freud Playhouse 245 Charles E. Young Drive East UCLA Campus, MacGowan Hall Los Angeles, CA 90095 Map and directions

Through intricately executed puppetry and Complicite’s inimitable physical style, Shun-kin explores the connections between beauty and violence, amplified by the singular craftsmanship of the company’s long-running exploration of theatrical animation.

Founded in 1983, London’s Complicite is an internationally acclaimed theater company led by artistic director Simon McBurney. The company has won more than 50 major theater awards worldwide.

The mysterious world of shamisen player Shun-kin and her dutiful servant Sasuke sets the backdrop for a tale of devotion, passion and power, where beauty is unforgiving and love is blinding.

This performance from a Japanese cast—including film actress Eri Fukatsu and celebrated actor Yoshi Oida— is based on texts of Japanese author Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, who examined the sequestered lives of women in pre-modern Japanese society. He compared them to the traditional bunraku puppets which were designed mainly in the shape of a long kimono—only a head, feet and hands animate them.

The suggestion, said Tanizaki, was that “for a woman who lived in the dark it was enough if she had a faint, white face—a full body was unnecessary.”

5 Performances
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Freud Playhouse
$50 - $85 ($20 UCLA Students)

Opening Night Benefit | Thur, Sep 26
You can join CAP UCLA for the opening-night benefit of Shun-kin and enjoy food, drink and revelry all in celebration of the depth and beauty of theater artistry. Proceeds go to underwrite CAP UCLA’s 2013-2014 theater series. 

WEST COAST PREMIERE Based on the writings of Jun’ichiro Tanizaki
Directed by Simon McBurney 
Original Music by Honjo Hidetaro 
Japanese with English surtitles;

"A distant world of ceremony, secrets and furtive sexual desire is conjured with shadow-strewn grace in 'Shun-kin,'" - The New York Times

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