Audacious theatre artist and puppeteer Basil Twist collaborates with master musician Yumiko Tanaka on a spectacular visual journey inspired by dogugaeshi – the Japanese art of creating beautiful illusions through perspective.
As more than 100 handpainted gilt and paper panels unfold, revolve and slide, images from both ancient and contemporary Japan are revealed. Bamboo thickets, soaring bridges and dense cityscapes materialise while wide-eyed foxes with drooping moustaches dance mid-air.
Dogugaeshi layers brilliant puppetry with video projection and electronic sound to give this rarely seen, ancient craft a contemporary spin. In keeping with Japanese puppetry performances, the musical accompaniment is played live on a three-stringed shamisen.
Internationally reputed for his iconic theatre and opera work, Basil Twist was part of the creative team for Kate Bush’s recent Before the Dawn concerts in London.
‘At once reviving a lost tradition and breaking new, creative ground’ Japan Times (Japan)
Presented by the Barbican in association with London International Mime Festival
1 hour/no interval
Age guidance 10+
29 Jan Post-show talk Free to same-day ticket holders
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