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WSD2017|FALSTAFF (BUNRAKU, Japanese Puppet Theatre)
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers


Mitsuru Ishii

FALSTAFF (BUNRAKU, Japanese Puppet Theatre)

Selected Category: Performance Design

Category: Performance Design

Design Statement

BUNRAKU is a puppet theatre which is one of most famous and established Japanese traditional theatre, such as KABUKI and Noh Theatre. "Falstaff " is a title of the BUNRAKU production which was produced at Japanese National theatre in 2014. It adapted the character from "Henry IV" by W. Shakespeare and was rearranged at Edo period 400 years ago in Japan. Not only this production is an adaptation of Shakespeare's play, but also the story, music, puppets, set and costume designs are by new experimental approaches. The production approach is between Modern and Classic, combining Western and Eastern Art. The set and costume designs of the production received a prize at "Yomiuri Theatre Award" in 2014.


Mitsuru Ishii

Born January 1st 1948 in Tokyo. Trained at English National Opera Stage Design Course (Post Graduate), graduated 1976 in London. Vice- president of OISTAT Japan Center. Work with primary companies Toho (film and theatre company), National Theatre (Japan), Kiyama Theatre Company and etc.. A few highlights of my designs are " Tempest" 1985~86 directed by Gordon Macdougall in UK and Canada, "Kwaidan" 1998~2001 directed by Ping Chong in USA, UK and Japan, awarded "Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry by UNIMA~USA. "Barefoot Gen" 1996~2012 produced by Kiyoshi Kiyama in Japan, USA, Poland, Russian, Korea. "Shock" 2000~2017 directed by Johnny H Kitagawa in Japan.

Email Address: kinuta8@kxe.biglobe.ne.jp

Theatre Company BUNRAKU Puppet Theatre Company and National Theatre

The Premiere Date of Production 2014-09-07

The Premiere Space of Production Japanese National Theatre

Author Shoitiro Kawai

Director/ Choreographer Seiji Furusawa

Set Designer Mitsuru Ishii

Lighting Designer Wataru Watanabe

Costume Designer Mitsuru Ishii

Sound Designer Kminobu Hashimoto

Other Creative Collaborator/s Kanitiro Takemoto ( puppeter, Puppet Advicer )