Bunraku puppetry is a complex artistic puppetry technique accompanied by narrative chanting and music. Each nearly life-sized puppet requires three puppeteers to bring it to life.
SCE invited world-renowned Japanese Bunraku puppeteer Kanroku and the Mokugu-sha Company to perform in California in October and November 2016. (Click here for schedule of performances.)
Kanroku studied in Japan at the National Bunraku Theater in Osaka under Master Kanjuro Kiritake II, and was named Kanroku Kiritake in 1979. He then apprenticed under Minosuke Yoshida III, and was renamed Kanroku Yoshida in 1987.
Kanroku has been instrumental in the spread of Bunraku’s cultural legacy; he teaches and directs all across Japan, and has invested time reviving farm village theaters in remote areas of the country.
Be prepared for a rare treat, filled with dramatic myths and legends. For the full schedule of performances click here.
Several of our Bunraku performances will feature special guest and collaborator, Native American artist Sage Andrew Romero, a member of the Tovowahamatu Numu (Big Pine Paiute) and Tuah-Tahi (Taos Pueblo) Tribes. He is an accomplished Hoop Dancer and has traveled internationally sharing the culture of his people through song, story, dance and art.
Sage also strives to be a positive role model for the Native youth and lives a life of Sobriety away from Drugs and Alcohol. Through culture he hopes to instill pride within the youth so they may continue carrying on the traditions on for future generations. For performance information, please click here.