Art & Design


4 - 13 November 2010, London

Enter the mysterious world of blind Shamisen player Shun-kin and her devoted servant Sasuke in the startiling performance based on the texts by celebrated Japanese author Junichiro Tanizaki. Exploring the connections between beauty and violence, this powerful production directed by Simon McBurney brings to life a haunting love story. Performed by a Japanese cast, including film actress Eri Fukatsu and celebrated actor Yoshi Oida.


Shun-kin coincides with Barbican Art Gallery's exhibition Future Beauty: 30 years of Japanese Fashion, which takes inspiration from Tanizaki's In Praise of Shadows.


Shun-kin is supported by The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN programme


Admission:£16 - £40
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There is post show talk - 11 Nov Post Show - Simon McBurney in conversation

Free Pre-Show Concert of Honjoh Hidetaro: The Shamisen on Friday 12th November from 6:15pm.

4 - 13 November 2010

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Barbican box office 0844 243 0750

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