An overwhelming aural and visual cornucopia
A silky tapestry of movement, beauty and passion
An experience you’re not likely to get anywhere else
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SHADOWBOX LIVE : October 7th - 25th, 2015
About the Project
The Tenshu is a story of love between a beautiful, powerful spirit and a Samurai falconer; a story of honor for a loyal and conflicted warrior; a story of magic, tradition and the supernatural; a story of an unassuming artisan who holds the key to happiness. Shadowbox Live and Hiromi Sakamoto are offering a unique opportunity to experience all of these things through a high energy, rock and roll performance combining two cultures oceans apart.
One goal of this collaboration is to promote cultural understanding through theatre, music, and media arts. This production will serve to radically reimagine traditional Japanese art and culture, by introducing the rock genre into ancient art forms. American and Japanese audiences will experience a new twist on a traditional Japanese artform. Ohio is home to over 9,000 Japanese nationals, with steady annual increases in the population. Conservative estimates demonstrate that more than 30% of this population lives in Central Ohio, due in large part to Honda and its suppliers located in Central Ohio. Artistic collaborations are highly effective for strengthening relationships between cultures and for broadening and deepening arts participation through new genres. Receiving a National Endowment for the Arts Grant as well as a PNC Arts Alive Grant, the project is proving to be a high-profile event garnering wide support and deepening community engagement.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts
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"n my nearly 14 year tenure as supporter, commentator and yes … critic … I have seen the Shadowbox Live troupe evolve in a myriad of ways. The scope of their vision and breadth of their talent has at times astonished me. But The Tenshu is the biggest step … and an enormously risky … production. Kabuki Theater? Rock music? Puppets?"
"It’s obvious the minute you walk into Shadowbox Live’s theater that The Tenshu, their adaptation of the Japanese ghost story classic Tenshu Monogatari by Izumi Kyoka is going to be like nothing we’ve seen from them before. The scale of the set custom built for this, including high risers for the band in two halves at either end so they play facing each other, is eye-popping."