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US tour of Dogugaeshi, Basil Twist’s avant-garde puppet play using traditional Japanese methods (Apr. 24 to June 7, 2009)
      Basil Twist’s play Dogugaeshi that premiered in 2004, as a commemorative event the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Japan Society, will tour the US beginning in April 2009.

    Dogugaeshi is the name of a device used in traditional Japanese joruri puppet theater to change the scenery of the set by changing the fusuma-e (paintings on sliding door panels). This play is based on the research of American avant-garde puppeteer Basil Twist on Japanese traditional puppet theater and rural theater in Tokushima and other regions of Japan. Joining this US-Japan collaborative production of Dogugaeshi with live performance on the shamisen is Yumiko Tanaka, a musician active as a female puppet theater narrator (gidayu) and shamisen player, as well as a contemporary music performer.

    This work is winner of New York’s 2005 Bessie Award and the New York Innovative Theater Award. It also toured Japan in 2007. The schedule of the 2009 US tour is as follows.
Director: Basil Twist
Music composition, performance: Yumiko Tanaka
Lighting design: Andrew Hill
Sound design: Greg Duffin
Video design: Peter Flaherty
Dates: Apr. 24-26, 2009
Venue: EMPAC (Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center), Troy, N.Y.

Dates: Apr. 30 to May 3, 2009
Venue: Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, Ohio)

Dates: May 30 to June 7, 2009
Venue: Spoleto Festival USA (Charleston, South Carolina)
* This festival will also feature a solo shamisen concert by Yumiko Tanaka
+Basil Twist home page Dogugaeshi