Kuruma Ningyo Performance


On April 1st and 2nd the Japanese puppetry, which is performed by fifth generation Master Puppeteer Koryu Nishikawa V. will be making a rare appearance here in the US.


Family Series Special Event

Suggested age range:  8 and older

Length: One Hour



SAT APRIL 1: ” Japanese Masters: A Kuruma Ningyo Performance” PERFORMANCE #1  8pm

SUN APRIL 2: ” Japanese Masters: A Kuruma Ningyo Performance” PERFORMANCE #2  7pm


Koryu Nishikawa V, master puppeteer

Ryukumi Nishikawa, traditional puppeteer

Chieko Hara, traditional musician


Tom Lee, American director, designer and puppet artist


About the ARTISTS

Koryu Nishikawa V is the fifth generation headmaster of Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo (Cart puppetry company of Japan), a 160 year-old puppet theatre and an Intangible Folk Custom Cultural Asset of the Japanese government.  Trained by his father and grandfather in the Kuruma Ningyo style, Koryu Nishikawa V was also a student at the National Bunraku Theatre, Japan’s most famous puppet theatre.  His company has performed all over the world in over 40 countries.


Chieko Hara, is a Japanese traditional musician specializing in koto, shamisen and Japanese flute.  Ms. Hara is a graduate of the Japanese Music Department of the prestigious Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, now Tokyo University of the Arts.  She composed the score for Shank’s Mare, in collaboration with American composer and hammered dulcimer player Bill Ruyle.


Ryukumi Nishikawa is a Japanese puppeteer and member of Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo. As a female performer of traditional and contemporary puppetry, she is especially unique in the Japanese puppetry community.   She has toured extensively internationally, appeared on Japanese national television and performed with puppet theater POOK for over 14 years.


Tom Lee is a theatre designer and director based in New York & Chicago who specializes in Asian-inspired forms of puppet theater combined with technology.  He met Koryu Nishikawa V over a decade ago in Japan and became his student.  Together they created Shank’s Mare, a collaborative puppet piece combining traditional Kuruma Ningyo, video projection and contemporary puppetry techniques.  Shank’s Mare won the 2016 Arlyn Award for Outstanding Puppet Theatre Design and is now on tour in the US.  www.tomleeprojects.com


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