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An Evening with Takeshi Kawamura. Prefaced by an Afternoon of Japanese Chamber Music

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Mar 9, 2015
Mar 9, 2015
Segal Theater

Kawamura’s Nippon Wars. Photo courtesy of the artists.

Monday, March 9
Segal Theatre
FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.



Join us for an evening with Japanese avant-garde playwright and director, Takeshi Kawamura as he returns to The Segal Center with his new work Four, directed by John Jesurun and translated by Philip Flavin. Followed by a panel discussion with Peter Eckersall and John Jesurun.

Kawamura gained recognition in the 1980s for his popular-culture-influenced, violent, highly physical plays. Building upon this early work with later projects of social criticism and postmodern theatrical experimentation, Kawamura secured his position as an internationally recognized theatre artist. As artistic director of theatre companies Daisan Erotica and T Factory, Kawamura uses his plays to comment directly and indirectly on Japanese social conditions and current events while prompting audiences to consider issues such as the shaping influences of media, the confusion of reality with fantasy, and the nature of human individuality.

Kawamura and Jesurun are currently collaborating on another project, Tokyo/New York Correspondence Chapter 1, On The Street, which premiered February 27 at Morishita Studio B in Japan.


In the afternoon, three noted artists – Kurahashi Yodo, Ishigure Masayo, and Philip Flavin – will perform a program of Japanese chamber music featuring the three instruments comprising the sankyoku ensemble: shakuhachi, shamisen, and koto. The musicians will present a range of works including a shakuhachi honkyoku (an 18th century classical work for solo shakuhachi), a sakumono (a classical work for jiuta shamisen), a contemporary composition for solo koto, and a Yaegoromo (an early 19th century sankyoku).