Complicite and Setagaya

Complicite and Setagaya Public Theatre: Shun-kin


"One of the company's finest achievements...staged with miraculous delicacy and wit." —The Guardian

West Coast Premiere

Presented by Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA

Through intricately executed puppetry and Complicite’s highly physical performance style, Shun-kin explores the connections between beauty and violence. Directed by Simon McBurney and created with Japanese actors from Tokyo’s Setagaya Public Theatre, Shun-kin is based on texts of celebrated Japanese author Jun’ichiro Tanizaki (1886–1965), who examined the sequestered lives of women in pre-modern Japanese society. The play dissects the relationship between a domineering and beautiful blind player of the shamisen, a stringed instrument, and her submissive student, servant and lover who blinds himself in a desperate act of love. Presented by Complicite, the internationally acclaimed London-based theater company, Shun-kin is a riveting story of devotion, passion and power.

Performed in Japanese with English surtitles.


RUN TIME: 110 minutes

LOCATION: Freud Playhouse at Macgowan Hall
UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, CA 90024 | Map

Co-produced by Complicite, Setagaya Public Theatre, Tokyo and the Barbican, London. Supported in part by the Royce Center Circle Endowment Fund and the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.


Radar L.A. is supported by a grant from ArtPlace America, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies accelerating creative placemaking across the U.S., the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.



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THU 9/26*
8:00 pm
$150-500N/A N/A
FRI 9/27
8:00 pm
$50–85$20  N/A
SAT 9/28
2:00 pm
$50–85$20  N/A
SAT 9/28
8:00 pm
$50–85$20  N/A
SUN 9/29
2:00 pm
$50–85N/A  N/A

*special benefit performance

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff