Basil Twist and Yumiko Tanaka

Basil Twist and Yumiko Tanaka: Dogugaeshi


“Twist is at once reviving a lost tradition and breaking new
creative ground."
—The Japan Times

“Twist loves the old-fashioned business of raising the curtain...
[Dogugaeshi] takes the act to new heights.” —Washington Post

Visionary puppeteer Basil Twist's hypnotic collaboration with master musician Yumiko Tanaka is a stunning visual journey inspired by the multifold paper panels of Japanese dogugaeshi. Delving into this rarefied traditional form while creating a contemporary spin, Twist unfolds elegant landscapes and elaborate geometric patterns that reflect both ancient and contemporary Japanese culture—bamboo thickets, sly foxes, soaring bridges and dense cityscapes—on hundreds of hand-painted screens. Accompanied by Tanaka, who blends her live performance on shamisen and other traditional instruments with scintillating electronics, Dogugaeshi layers dexterous puppetry with video, light and sound to create a deeply felt meditation on the theatrical experience and the power of this singular art form.  


RUN TIME: 60 Minutes

Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater
631 W. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Map

PARKING: $9 event parking in the Walt Disney Concert Hall parking garage off 2nd Street.

Commissioned by The Japan Society.


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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Date/TimeGM/SWith Pass/CA
THU 9/26
9:30 pm
FRI 9/27
3:00 pm
SAT 9/28
7:00 pm
SAT 9/28
10:00 pm
SUN 9/29
2:00 pm

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M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

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