JFKL August 2015

Japanese Arts and Culture on Show at George Town Festival 2015

The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) has reaffi rmed its long-running partnership with the George Town Festival by continuing to introduce Japanese arts and culture as part of the event programme.

JFKL will present the Bunraku Puppet Show at the inaugural Butterworth Fringe Festival, a spin-off event held on the mainland. Four upand- coming young members of the Japanese Bunraku scene are set to thrill audiences for the fi rst time in Penang with their rendition of “The Furious Love of a Greengrocer’s Daughter”, one of 160 plays written during the Edo period (1603-1868) that remain in the national repertory.

Bunraku is a centuries-old art form in which puppeteers – dressed in black and visible to spectators – manipulate large puppets to the accompaniment of sung narratives and traditional instrumentals. JFKL had previously brought masters from the National Bunraku Theatre to Kuala Lumpur for three sold-out shows in 2013 and a troupe of masters-intraining to the same city last year for a public demonstration.

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It takes extreme level soft technique and coordination (as well as three puppeteers!) to manipulate a single Bunraku puppet.

Bunraku Puppet Show
Dates: 15&16th August, 2015
Time: 6:40pm-7:10pm on both days
Venue: Jalan Jeti Lama, Butterworth
Admission: Free

For more information about the George Town Festival, visit http://georgetownfestival.com or contact the George Town Festival Secretariat at 04 261 6308.

The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur
18th Floor, Northpoint, Block B, Mid-Valley City, No.1, Medan Syed Putra, 59200 KL
Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
Phone : 03-2284 6228
E-mail : jpcc@jfkl.org.my
Website : http://www.jfkl.org.my

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