Inspired by the work of one of the most important Japanese writers of the 20th century, Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, Shun-kin tells a tale of devotion, passion, and power, where beauty is unforgiving and love is blinding. The domineering and beautiful Shun-kin, blinded as a young girl, is a brilliant player of the shamisen, a stringed instrument. Her devoted student and servant will do anything to share her world, ultimately becoming her lover and performing an astonishing act of self-sacrifice. This powerful production, seen only at the Lincoln Center, UCLA, and UMS, explores the relationship between master teacher and student, showing just how fraught that relationship can be.
In Japanese with English supertitles.
Where does inspiration come from? What makes an artist tick? Join us for a post-performance Q&A and get a glimpse into the lives and minds of the artists that bring creativity to the stage. Must have a ticket to this evening’s performance to attend.
Program Book [PDF]
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.
Co-produced by Complicite, Setagaya Public Theatre, Tokyo and the Barbican, London.
Recognized as one of the most important theatrical creators working in England over the last decades, Simon McBurney helped to found the award-winning theater company Complicite, which introduced a highly visual and physical element that have reinvigorated British theater, in 1983.
This performance marks Complicite’s third UMS performance. The company previously performed A Disappearing Number in 2008 and The Elephant Vanishes in 2004. The Setagaya Public Theater’s returns for a second appearance, having collaborated with Complicite during The Elephant Vanishes.