HANAFUDA DENKI - THE DANCE OF DEATH to Begin Limited Engagement at Here, 1/21
HANAFUDI DENKI - THE DANCE OF DEATH is high-voltage Japanese underground musical based on Threepenny Opera, set in a funeral parlor in Tokyo during World War I. In it, a dead girl who loves a living boy adventures between two worlds - the dead and the living. The play's creator, Shuji Terayama once said, "Humans are incomplete cadavers", and this work is heavily tinged with this sentiment. It's a thought-provoking meditation on how we view death and life.
Ryuzanji Company originally toured Hanafuda Denki in 2012, receiving an Overall Excellence Award at the New York International Fringe Festival and a Pick of the Fringe Award at the Victoria Fringe Festival. Ryuzanji Company is a world famous Tokyo underground theatre company that has performed in 33 cities worldwide, including Cairo, Seoul, Taipei, Moscow, and Toronto.
HANAFUDI DENKI - THE DANCE OF DEATH was written by avant garde master Shuji Terayama (1935-1983). Under Artistic Director Show Ryuzanji, the production features direction, sets, costumes and makeup by Saori Aoki, music by Makoto Honda, choreography by Daiko Ishimaru, English translation by Claire Tanaka, lighting by ROMI and Etsuo Yamagami, and sound by Nanaho Unebe. It stars Hiroko Ito, IWAO, Munekazu Tani, Kazuhiko Satomi, Naomi Hirano, Takuya Kigure, Kanami Sakai, Naoya Yamashita, Rina Yamamaru, Sanshiro Goto, Makoto Honda, and Show Ryuzanji.
This production is a part of the Sublet Series@HERE, HERE's curated rental program, which provides artist with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support. It is also supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan and cosponsored by Crossing Jamaica Avenue.
HANAFUDI DENKI - THE DANCE OF DEATH runs January 21 - 26, Tuesday - Friday at 8:30pm, Saturday at 4pm & 8:30pm and Sunday at 4pm. HERE Arts Center is located at 145 Avenue of Americas at Dominick Street, one block south of Spring Street (accessible from the C,E trains at Spring Street). The box office is open after 5pm on show days or 2 hours before any performance. Tickets are $25 / $20 for students & seniors, available at 212-352-3101 or www.here.org.