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Japanese light shines on Barbican

PUBLISHED: 11:18 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 14:00 05 October 2010

Japanese play Shun-kin at the Barbican

Japanese play Shun-kin at the Barbican

by Victoria Huntley THE European premiere of Japanese production Shun-kin starts at the Barbican tonight (Friday) following sell-out performances in Tokyo last year. Shun-kin, inspired by two texts written in 1933, A Portrait of Shunkin and In Praise

by Victoria Huntley

THE European premiere of Japanese production Shun-kin starts at the Barbican tonight (Friday) following sell-out performances in Tokyo last year.

Shun-kin, inspired by two texts written in 1933, A Portrait of Shunkin and In Praise of Shadows by Japanese writer Jun'ichiro Tanizaki, moves between the neon glow of Japan and the vanished world of the Meiji era and uncovers moments of light in a world of darkness.

The story is a tale of devotion, passion and power, where beauty is unforgiving and love is blinding.

Emerging from traditional Japanese culture, the production explores how close beauty and violence can be.

Shun-kin is performed in Japanese with English subtitles and will be on in the Barbican theatre until Saturday, February 21.

Tickets cost £10-£40 from www.barbican.org.uk or 020 7638 8891. Performances start at 7.45pm or 2.30pm.


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