Ningyo & Ningyōzuka: A Master Class In Japanese Puppetry

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Ningyo & Ningyōzuka: A Master Class In Japanese Puppetry
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Join visiting puppet artists Tom Lee (War Horse, Madama Butterfly) and Koryu Nishikawa V (Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo, Cart Puppetry Company of Japan) for a special workshop exploring Japanese traditional puppetry techniques that have had an enormous influence on world puppetry performance.

Mr. Nishikawa, a fifth generation Japanese Master Puppeteer, will illustrate and explain his unique tradition called kuruma ningyo or cart puppetry. In addition, he will demonstrate and explain the principles behind traditional sannin zukkai (three person puppetry), the foundation of the Bunraku tradition.

Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to handle traditional Japanese puppets and draw back the curtain on how these beautiful puppets are brought to life through skillful puppetry technique.

Japanese musician Chieko Hara will also demonstrate the unique role of traditional instruments in Japanese puppetry and how her music “speaks” to American composer Bill Ruyle in the production of Shank’s Mare. This rare and exciting opportunity will also include traditional Japanese puppeteer Ryukumi Nishikawa.

Cost: $40 | Capacity: 18 | Level: Advanced | Ages 18+

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. Deadline: Fri., March 17th 5pm.

Previous puppetry experience required. Applicants are asked to send a paragraph of interest and resume or list of puppetry endeavors to You’ll be informed of acceptance on Mon., March 20th.

Capacity is limited. To secure your spot, you must purchase the master class by 5 pm on Mon., March 27th or your spot will be released to another applicant.

When you purchase the class, you may add up to four tickets to TWO DAYS ONLY! Japanese Masters: A Kuruma Ningyo Performance at $25, a $10 discount off of the ticket price. Performances are Saturday April 1st at 8pm and Sunday April 2nd at 7pm.
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By: Center for Puppetry Arts