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Friday, Dec. 12, 2003


Experts plan bunraku, kabuki demo

A bunraku puppeteer and a kabuki actor will demonstrate their arts in a lecture and demonstration in Tokyo under the theme of "Asian Puppet Theater and Body Expressions."

The event will start at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Asahi Square A at Azumabashi, Tokyo. No translation will be provided.

Mikiko Uchiyama, a professor at Waseda University, will lecture, and puppeteer Kiritake Kanjuro and kabuki actor Nakamura Kyozo will perform.

Kabuki and the puppet theater were born at around the same time in the 17th century. In the lecture/demonstration, kabuki and bunraku expressions used in the same scenes from various stories will be compared.

Tickets are 3,000 yen for adults and 2,700 yen for students. For more information, call (044) 777-2228, fax (044) 777-3570 or e-mail azia@deaf-puppet.or.jp

Asahi Square A is on the fourth floor of Asahi Super Dry Hall (1-23-1 Azumabashi, Sumida-ku, tel. [03] 5608-5394), a four-minute walk from Asakusa Station on the Ginza and Asakusa subway lines.

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