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Love and Mercy: Into the World of Bunraku
Synopsis

For the first time ever, there is a chance to watch Bunraku (Japanese puppet theatre) in Singapore! As part of Japan Creative Centre (JCC)’s 10th anniversary, the Singapore Bunraku Steering Committee presents this UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage on the local stage. Appreciate Japan’s history and traditional culture through two Bunraku performances.

  1. Introduction to Bunraku: What are Tayu, Shamisen and Puppets? (40mins)
  2. The Red-Hot Love – The Fire Watchtower (10mins)
  3. Intermission (20mins)
  4. The Miracle at Tsubosaka Temple – The House of Sawaichi and The Mountain (55mins)
     
  • The Red-Hot Love – The Fire Watchtower

Oshichi is in love with a man named Kichisaburo, but due to circumstances of the families, the two are unable to marry. One day, Kichisaburo loses a sword that was to be offered to the Imperial Palace. If he could not find it by the next morning, he will be ordered to commit suicide. Upon learning that, Oshichi finds the sword and tries to deliver it to Kichisaburo. But the day is turning dark, the wooden door of the town has closed and she cannot reach Kichisaburo. She suddenly remembers the fire watchtower, that when a fire broke out and the bell rang, the wooden doors opened all at once. However, if it is not a fire, it is a crime to ring the bell, and those who sound it will be sentenced to burn in a fire. However, Oshichi makes up her mind and starts to climb…

 

  • The Miracle at Tsubosaka Temple – The House of Sawaichi and The Mountain

The blind Sawaichi, who lives in Tsubosaka, Yamato Province, is helped by his wife Osato’s side earnings and they struggle to make ends meet. Sawaichi has felt that Osato is not around at home in the evening and begins to suspect that she might not be working. But in fact, Osato heard about a cure for Sawaichi’s blindness and went to Temple Tsubosaka to pray that her husband’s blindness will be cured. After Sawaichi learns of this, he apologises to his faithful wife for suspecting her. Despairing over the thought that his wife will never be happy if he is around, he throws himself into the valley only to have Osato follow him. By the mercy of the Goddess Kannon (Goddess of Mercy), she saves both husband and wife and restores Sawaichi’s sight.

 

  • About Japan Creative Centre (JCC)

Established in 2009 with the mutual agreement between Japan and Singapore, JCC is a base for disseminating information on Japanese culture and technology in Singapore. The first of its kind outside Japan, it is a culture and information centre that showcases Japan’s “now”, and organises exhibitions and events to share as much about Japanese culture with the people living in Singapore in the areas of Fine Arts & Traditions, Science & Technology, Pop Culture & Lifestyle, Design, Food and Japan’s policies. Through a variety of events, JCC encourages Singaporeans to learn more about Japan through showcases, networking events, information talks and outreach events.

"挚爱与慈悲:走进文乐的世界"

为庆祝日本驻新加坡大使馆所属日本创意中心(Japan Creative Centre 简称JCC)成立十周年,新加坡文乐公演筹备委员会将于今年10月23日(星期三)在戏剧中心(国家图书馆三楼)呈献联合国教科文组织认定为非物质文化遗产的日本传统"文乐"木偶戏演出,题为"挚爱与慈悲:走进文乐的世界"。

一、 浅谈文乐:什么时"太夫","三味线"和"人形"(即木偶)?{40分钟}
二、 文乐表:《伊达娘恋绯鹿子》之"火见橹之段"(即火警钟楼一幕){10分钟}
三、 中场休息{20分钟}
四、 《壶坂观音灵验记》之"泽市内寄山之段"(两幕戏){55分中}

• 《伊达娘恋绯鹿子》之"火见橹之段"(火警钟楼一幕)

少女阿七与吉三郎相爱,可惜因为家族的一些事由,两人不能结婚。一天,吉三郎丢失了一把准备献给宫廷的宝剑。如果吉三郎不能在第二天早上寻回失剑,他就必须接受切腹自尽的刑罚。阿七寻得失剑却来不及在夜间城门关闭之前送到吉三郎手中。焦急万分的阿七突然心生一计,如果敲打火警钟楼上的警钟的话,所有城门都会打开,如此她就可以把宝剑送到吉三郎的手上了。虽然明知虚报火患慧被判火刑,但是为了营救心上人也顾不了那么多。在大雪纷飞的这一夜里,阿七奋不顾身几经艰难地爬上已经结了冰的火警钟楼...


• 《壶坂观音灵验记》里的"泽市内寄山之段"(泽市家中和山上的两幕戏)

居住在大和国壶坂乡的盲人泽市依靠妻子阿里打点零工挣钱补贴家用,挣扎着维持生计。泽市感觉到阿里傍晚都不在家于是开始怀疑她并不是去打工。其实,阿里听说有个医治泽市眼疾的方法,就到壶坂寺参拜祈求丈夫能恢复视力。当泽市知道事情之后,便向妻子道歉并自责不该怀疑她的忠贞。泽市开始认为自己的存在永远不会给妻子带来快乐。于是泽市独自走到山上就跳进山谷里自杀。岂知阿里紧跟随着泽市,见丈夫投身进山谷便不加思索而跟着他跳下殉情自杀。观音菩萨被泽市和阿里夫妻间之挚爱所感动,发慈悲显灵救活他们俩并让泽市重见光明。

• 关于日本创意中心

日本创意中心 (JCC) 经由日本与新加坡两国协议下开幕于2009年,是位于新加坡一所日本文化与科技的传播基地,也是首个设立于日本以外的新型文化资讯中心,透过主办各种展览、交流、讲座、对外推展等活动展示日本的「现在」,并与新加坡当地民众分享日本的艺术与传统、科学与技术、流行文化与生活风格、设计、美食以及日本政策等多重领域,提供一个深入了解日本的平台。


 

Start Sales Date

Internet:
21 Aug 2019, 9am

Other Channels:
21 Aug 2019, 10am

Language

Performed in Japanese with English and Chinese Subtitle 

Duration

Approximately 2 hours 5 minutes
(Inclusvie of 20 minutes interval)

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  • No admission for infants in arms and children below 12 years old
  • Children 12 years and above must purchase ticket for entry
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Wed, 23 Oct 2019

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