Complicite / Simon McBurney

30 January 2009 - 21 February 2009 / 19:45, 14:30

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Inspired by the work of one of the most important Japanese writers of the twentieth century, Jun'ichiro Tanizaki , Shun-kin tells the tale of devotion, passion and power, where beauty is unforgiving and love is blinding.

Moving between the neon glow of Japan and the vanished world of Meiji, Shun-kin discovers the moments of light in a world of darkness. Emerging from traditional Japanese culture, this powerful performance shows us just how close beauty and violence can really be.

Click here to read Benedict Nightingale's 4* review on Shun-kin in The Times

Performance times: 19:45 (14:30 14 21 Feb)
Running time: 110 mins/no interval
Latecomers will not be admitted

In Japanese with English surtitles

Age guidance 14+

Thu 19 Feb, Barbican Theatre 6pm
The Shamisen - Heart of Japanese Music
Pre-show concert by Shun-kin composer and acclaimed shamisen master Honjoh Hidetaro.
This is the first European performance by one of Japan's leading shamisen masters on the stringed instrument central to Japanese music and theatre. Honjoh is an award-winning composer who has breathed fresh life into the old Ha-uta tradition of Tokyo.
Free admission advance booking required.
Call Box Office on 0845 120 7515 to reserve your place.

Post Show Talk 12 Feb

Complicite Demonstration Workshop for Schools and Colleges 10 Feb

Based on the writings of Jun'ichiro Tanizaki

Co-produced by Complicite, Setagaya Public Theatre, Tokyo and barbicanbite09

Supported by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Supported by Arts Council England

Supported by Japan Foundation

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