The award-winning “Dreams in the Arms of the Binding Lady,” a physical storytelling based on the Japanese legend of a Jyorogumo (Binding Lady), will be performed at the Charles B. Wang Center Theater on Saturday, April 27, at 8 pm. The show is a fusion of Japanese physical theatre, unconventional puppetry/mask and chanting. It was commissioned by the Embassy of the United States in Peru and premiered in Danza Nueva, Peru. Most recently, it was performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in December 2012.
Originally founded in 2002, Izumi Ashizawa Performance explores physical storytelling with unconventional puppetry and object animation. The company values the interdisciplinary collaboration process with dancers, actors, composers, musicians and sculptors. Based on Japanese physical performance techniques, Ashizawa’s movement techniques are taught around the world.
Director Izumi Ashizawa has won numerous awards including the Medal of Honor for Cultural Excellence from the City of Piura in Peru, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Directing and Technology, Capital Fringe Director’s Award, UNESCO-Aschberg Award, IIFUT Best Performance Award, Tehran Municipality Culture and Arts Organization Award, Australian Government Fund for the Arts, and the Norwegian Cultural Fund.
For information on attending the performance, please contact Joyce E. Philbin-Collier at Joyce.Philbin@stonybrook.edu or (631) 834-0934. For reservations call (631) 632-7300.