At the turn of 18th-century Japan, a clerk and a courtesan committed suicide in the forest of Tenjin. The Love Suicides at Sonezaki, a tragic play based upon these events, was banned after its 1703 premiere for more than two centuries. For this U.S. production premiere, renowned artist Hiroshi Sugimoto presents a bold, contemporary interpretation of the classic drama using bunraku puppet theater with music by Living National Treasure Seiji Tsurusawa and video by Tabaimo and Sugimoto. The puppets, imbued with life, captivate audiences with their lively movements rivaling the eloquence of actual human beings.

“Sugimoto breathed souls into the lifeless wooden puppets.”
– Le Monde 


10 Columbus Cir


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Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju

The Love Suicides at Sonezaki

U.S. production premiere

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Hiroshi Sugimoto, artistic director
Seiji Tsurusawa, composer and director
Tomogoro Yamamura, choreography
Tabaimo and Hiroshi Sugimoto, video

Original text by Chikamatsu Monzaemon
Cast: Rodayu Toyotake, Seiji Tsurusawa, Tamasuke Yoshida, and others

Performed in Japanese with English supertitles


Performance length: Two hours and 30 minutes (subject to change), including intermission


Presented in association with The Japan Foundation and Odawara Art Foundation


Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju: The Love Suicides at Sonezaki is part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the United States throughout 2019.

In cooperation with National Bunraku Theatre, BUNRAKU KYOKAI and Setagaya Arts Foundation/Setagaya Public Theatre


Corporate support is provided by Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), J.C.C. Fund, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal U.S.A., Inc.

Additional support is made possible in part by The Jim Henson Foundation.