Opera & Dance641 entries

Musashi - Ninagawa Company

Opens: 05/05/2010 Closes: 08/05/2010 Barbican Theatre, London
Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa returns to the UK to open this exciting summer season of Bite10 with Inoue Hisashi’s legend-based story about the famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi. This piece reflects Japanese traditions of noh and kyogen, and explores the perils of revenge. Celebrated Japanese actor Tatsuya Fujiwara takes the lead role. For more information visit: http://www.barbican.org.uk/theatre/event-detail.asp?ID=10532 Buy: https://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing/performancelist.asp?shoid=18050
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Financial Times“Inoue keeps a strong vein of comedy pulsing throughout the piece...” Ninagawa directs with his characteristic painterly eye, creating visual compositions at once sumptuous and economical...
 
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The Independent“Life and death are literally one and the same...” Never has this great director created such a serenely terrifying, Prospero-style spell, where lighting, music, and spectacle conspire first to frighten, then to steer us into a profoundly philosophical calm...
 
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Guardian“This is an extraordinary theatrical event...” Questions the samurai ethos and the cult of violent retribution. Although the production, played in Japanese with surtitles, runs for three hours, it is remarkable for its lightness, speed and benevolent pacifist instinct...
 
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Evening Standard“An unexpected treat...” The direction is assured, the design elegant and Akira Miyagawa’s music is plangently yearning. The two leads are compelling. Even if at three hours the whole thing does go on a bit, we care deeply about the outcome of the fight...
 
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Whatsonstage.com“The design elements are impeccable and the dialogue is often very funny...” The all-Japanese cast - especially Shiraishi and Naomasa Musaka as a sermonising priest - show an impressive range of physical and vocal expression, as well as a deft touch in the Kyogen-inspired comic sequences...
 
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