Enter the mysterious world of blind Shamisen player Shun-kin in the startling performance

Date: 4 – 13 November 2010
Performance time: 19:45 (also 14:30 on 13 Nov)
Running time: 110mins / no interval
Venue: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Barbican box office: 0844 243 0750
Web: www.barbican.org.uk/japan
Orgabiser: Barbican Theatre

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.

Shun-kin 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.

‘A visually and physically beautiful production.’ The Sunday Times

‘A multi-layered portrayal of the psychology of human relationships.’ Mainichi Shimbun

‘Extraordinary staging…a sensual theatrical world steeped in shadow.’ Asahi Shimbun

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.


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