Summer Music Festival presents Japanese traditional puppet theatres

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Summer Music Festival presents Japanese traditional puppet theatres

Post  JF on Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:05 pm

Toronto Summer Music Festival Presents:

Imada Puppet Troupe ( Ina Valley , Nagano ) and Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe ( Columbia , Missouri )

Date: Thursday, July 22

Time: 6:45 pm pre-concert talk with Martin Holman/8:00 pm performance

Location: MacMillan Theatre, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto , 80 Queen’s Park Crescent

Tickets: $30-$75 available at or (416) 408-0208

Toronto Summer Music Festival is thrilled to present the Imada Puppet Troupe, founded in 1704. Using half life-size puppets and accompanied by chanted narration and music played on traditional instruments, the troupe perform a series of delightful, inspiring short plays and dance pieces. The troupe is joined by the Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe, the only American troupe that performs traditional Japanese Bunraku* puppetry.

Chicago Weekly praised the Bunraku Bay Troupe’s “wonder in craftsmanship and coordination,” remarking, “the entrance was enough to send chills down everyone’s spines ....”

For more information, please visit

*[boon-rah-koo]: a vivid, sophisticated style of puppet theatre that originated in Japan more than 300 years ago


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