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Performance and workshop to display Japanese theatre techniques at Augustana

September  07, 2012

Izumi Ashizawa and her company of three actors will present Dreams in the Arms of the Binding Lady on Friday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place in Potter Theatre on the upper level of Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (3701 7th Ave.). Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $10 will help offset the cost of the performance.

Dreams in the Arms of the Binding Lady is appropriate for all ages. Children may find the performance particularly enjoyable, as it features puppets transforming into people, and back again. The performance also will make use of the No, Kabuki, Bunraku, Butoh and Suzuki Japanese theatre techniques.

In Japan, Ashizawa studied both No and Kabuki, and worked directly with Tadashi Suzuki, for whom she also served as an assistant. She also has studied at the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat at Yale, where she received her M.F.A. To date she has devised 11 highly original works and presented them throughout the world, including Japan, Romania, Iran, Norway, Australia, Slovenia and Russia, as well as New York and Washington, D.C. Ashizawa's work often is based on Greek or Asian myths, and always grounded in the movement traditions of her homeland.

As part of her residency, Izumi also will conduct a workshop in Japanese performance techniques on Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an hour break for lunch. The workshop is free but space is limited, so advance registration is required. Sporting attire or loose-fitting clothing is recommended.

The performance and workshop is made possible by the Augustana College Institute for Leadership and Service and and Augustana Department of Theatre Arts. To register for the Saturday workshop, please contact Christina Myatt at (309) 794-7611 or

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833