4 - 13 November 2010

£16 - 40

subject to availability
 sold out

Enter the mysterious world of blind Shamisen player Shun-kin and her devoted servant Sasuke in this startling performance based on the texts of celebrated Japanese author Jun’ichiro Tanizaki. Exploring the connections between beauty and violence, this powerful production brings to life a haunting love story.

returns to the Barbican following its success in 2009 and is performed by a Japanese cast, including film actress Eri Fukatsu and celebrated actor Yoshi Oida. Led by award-winning Artistic Director Simon McBurney, Complicite has created ground-breaking devised work which has toured the world since 1983.

Performance time: 19:45 (also 14:30 on 13 Nov)
Running time: 110mins / no interval

In Japanese with English surtitles
Age guidance 14+

6 & 7 Nov
Bite Weekend Workout

Thu 11 Nov
Post Show Talk
Simon McBurney in conversation

Fri 12 Nov, 6.15 - 6.45pm
Pre-show concert
Honjoh Hidetaro: The Shamisen
Barbican Theatre

Directed by Simon McBurney
Based on the writings of Jun’ichiro Tanizaki
Original Music by Honjoh Hidetaro

Co-produced by the Barbican, Complicite and Setagaya Public Theatre, Tokyo.
Shun-kin is supported by The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN programme and the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

This autumn, the Barbican hosts a season of events exploring the unique culture of Japan, including Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion , which takes inspiration from Tanizaki’s In Praise of Shadows, and Aspects of Japanese Cinema in the Barbican Cinema.

Are you on Facebook? Join our page!

bite: the best international dance, music and theatre in London

Part of LATES: Barbican Cosplay Extravaganza
Part of bite10 Sep-Dec multi-buy
Part of bite10 Sep-Dec



Do Something Different: Other events on at the barbican
Malthouse Theatre
The Shadow King

22 Jun 16 - 2 Jul 16 / Theatre
Information info  Book tickets book

National Theatre Encore: Hamlet
24 Nov 15 - 31 Dec 15 / Cinema 2
Information info  Book tickets book