In September and October of 2013, Sugimoto Bunraku will perform The Love Suicides at Sonezaki in Madrid, Rome, and Paris in order to facilitate cross-cultural communication through art. They will perform the work in Tokyo the following spring. Contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto will provide his own personal interpretation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s famous The Love Suicides at Sonezaki. Sugimoto’s production includes songs written and performmed by Seiji Tsuruzawa, who was given the title of “Living National Treasure” for his shamisen playing. In addition, this performance will bring back the original version of the music of The Love Suicides at Sonezaki, which is different from what is performed nowadays. This fusion of modern art and traditional theater will show the world the exciting possibilities of Japanese puppet theater, Bunraku.
Born in Tokyo in 1948, Sugimoto has lived in NYC since 1974. Sugimoto has acquired an international reputation as a photographic artist and has exhibited his works in major art museums throughout the world. In 2008, he founded the New Material Research Laboratory, an architectural design office and was commissioned a design work for the Izu Photo Museum in Shizuoka prefecture. His recent written works include “Sense of Space” published by Magazine House, and “Origin of Art” by Shincho-sha. As a connoisseur of domestic and international antiquities and traditional theater arts, Sugimoto has led the direction of the sanbaso production, Kami Hisomi Iki, since 2011. Kami Hisomi Iki toured to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in NYC in March 2013. The work was performed in Japan in April 2013. Sugimoto was awarded the 21st Praemium Imperiale in 2009, Medal with Purple Ribbon by Japanese Government in 2010, and conferred the Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Order of Arts and Letters) by French Government in 2013.
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