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The Season


June 10 - 14, 2009

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

Created by Basil Twist
Original shamisen compositions created and performed live by authorized master musician Yumiko Tanaka

Dogugaeshi is an intimate work inspired by Japanese puppet theater created and performed by Obie Award-winning puppeteer Basil Twist. Visually and aurally stunning, this hour-long performance features Twist's signature puppetry, with video projection, and original live shamisen (Japanese traditional lute-like instrument) music.

The dogugaeshi mechanism of sliding screens that create an unfolding of various images and landscapes was developed centuries ago as the climactic sequence in Japanese traditional puppet theater. Now only practiced in the region of Awaji in Japan, Basil Twist has recreated the intricate technique with his own interpretation, blending centuries of tradition with his own inimitable style. The result is a mesmerizing and powerful voyage through historical and contemporary Japan.

Recommended for ages 12 and up

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Ticket Prices: $30
$25 for subscribers

Run Time: This production runs 1 hr with no intermission

Performance Times:
Wed: 8:00pm
Thurs-Fri: 7:00pm &
Sat: 7:00pm & 9:00pm
Sun: 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Basil Twist

Basil Twist Puppeteer

Obie-Award winning Basil Twist is a third generation puppeteer whose work continually expands the realm of puppetry. His specialty of integrating puppetry with live music has led to collaborations and performances at Lincoln Center, Skirball Center and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Basil TwistBasil Twist is a third generation puppeteer, who lives and works in New York. He became the only American to graduate from the École Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette in Charleville-Mezieres, France, one of the world's premiere puppetry training programs.
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Yumiko TanakaWhile a student majoring in musicology at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, Tanaka was attracted to the timbre of the gidayu-shamisen (also known as the futozao, or thick-necked, shamisen), which accompanies gidayu-bushi in Bunraku, traditional Japanese puppet theater. Read More
  • Moving Screens and magical white foxes from Dogugaeshi November 2004 At The Japan Society World Premiere. Photo Credit: Richard Termine
  • Moving Screens from Dogugaeshi - Clouds November 2004 At The Japan Society World Premiere. Photo Credit: Richard Termine
  • Basil Twist performs a solo with the white fox from Dogugaeshi November 2004 At The Japan Society World Premiere. Photo Credit: Richard Termine
The New York Times

Dogugaeshi...ranks among the most magically charged experiences I've ever had in a theater.”

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