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The Departure And Death Of Atsumori, Online Screening And Q&A

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Storrs Campus
Ballard Institute Zoom

Online screening followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with Koryu Nishikawa V, in conversation with Claudia Orenstein (Hunter College), Elizabeth Oyler (University of Pittsburgh), and John Bell (Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, University of Connecticut). Hosted by the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry. Derived from the Japanese epic The Tales of the Heike, Ichinotani Futaba Gunki depicts the Taira (Heike) clan’s prosperity and downfall after the battle with the Genji (Minamoto) clan. Because Ichinotani Futaba Gunki is a long story, the entire story is not usually performed. Instead, the most famous or popular events in the story are performed in a show. Ichinotani Moritoshi Atsumori (Moritoshi’s Report / Atsumori’s Departure) Heike’s warrior Moritoshi realizes that the Heike clan is losing. He rushes to inform Taira no Atsumori of the situation and urges him to escape. However, Atsumori is determined to go to the battle even though he knows there’s no chance for him to survive. Sonoo, his newly married wife, begs him to remain at home, but her pleas are in vain. Ichinotani Atsumori (Atsumori’s Death) Kumagai Naozane, one of the famous figures of the Genji, challenges Atsumori and overpowers him. At the last moment, Kumagai hesitates to kill him, realizing that Atsumori is as young as his own son. However, other Genji warriors are approaching, and there is no way for Atsumori to survive. Prepared to die, Atsumori tells Kumagai to take his life. This is one of the best-known scenes from the Tales of the Heike. Co-sponsors of the mini-symposium: the Humanities War and Peace Initiative, through the Division of Humanities in the Arts & Sciences at Columbia University; the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, Columbia University; the Museo Internazionale delle Marionette “Antonio Pasqualino” in Palermo, Italy; the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, University of Connecticut; the Puppet Arts Program, Department of Dramatic Arts, University of Connecticut; the University of Pittsburgh; and UNIMA-USA. Learn more:


Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, 860-486-8580

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry (primary), School of Fine Arts, UConn Master Calendar

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