Basil Twist: Dogugaeshi

November 18, 2004
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World Premiere
With live shamisen music composed and performed by Yumiko Tanaka

  • Thursday, November 18 at 7 & 9:30 pm
  • Friday, November 19 at 9:30 pm only
  • Saturday, November 20 at 3 & 9:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 21 at 3 & 7 pm
  • Monday, November 22 at 7 and 9:30 pm 
  • Tuesday, November 23 at 7 & 9:30 pm

    From the creator of the sublime Symphonie Fantastique comes a new intimate work inspired by Japanese puppet theater, blending centuries of tradition with his own inimitable style. Innovative puppet artist Basil Twist had been intrigued with the rarefied and dying tradition of Japanese dogugaeshi stage mechanism technique ever since he saw it in a black-and-white film years ago. After immersing himself in the fragmented remains of this once popular rural delight, Twist unfolds an abstract and modern journey of images inspired by the torchbearers of this art form. This hour long performance features original shamisen compositions created and performed by authorized master musician Yumiko Tanaka.

    Limited to 70 seats per show. General seating. These performances are most appropriate for adults and children above the age of 12.

    Tickets: $35; Japan Society members $30.

    Related Program
    Discussion with Basil Twist
    Friday, November 19 at 6 pm

    Basil Twist and his collaborator, Yumiko Tanaka, discuss the creative process of their latest work. Moderated by Eileen Blumenthal, world puppet expert. Held at the Proshansky Auditorium, C-Level, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave. at 34th St. A suggested donation of $10 guarantees a seat. FREE TO CUNY STUDENTS. Seating is limited. For reservations contact Continuing Education and Public Programs, The Graduate Center at (212) 817-8215, reservation code 4907 , or visit Co-presented by Japan Society and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; the Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Continuing Education; and The Graduate Center, CUNY.

    • November 18, 2004 – November 23, 2004