Ayumi Sakamoto

The Sabre and the Comet

Puppets – Japan / United States

An original artistic encounter between the Japanese master of Kuruma Ningyō, Koryu Nishikawa V, and the American Tom Lee, who is giving pride of place to the traditional art of puppetry in a contemporary set design.

The Sabre and the Comet, a true visual epic and a journey at the crossroads of West and East.

The main characters—an old astronomer and a former samurai-turned-bandit on the death of her son—feature against a video décor projected to the rhythm of a splendid musical score composed for a Japanese shamisen, a hammered dulcimer and a flute.

The Sabre and the Comet pays tribute to the traditional Japanese technique Kuruma Ningyō in which the puppeteer moves around, in full sight, on a wheeled platform, while controlling their puppet’s arms, legs and head.


Performance created in 2015 under the original title Shank's Mare

A Yara Arts Group production.


In parallel with the performance

RTalk with the artists on Kuruma Ningyō after the performance:

  • Thursday 19 December 2019
  • Saturday 21 December 2019


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  • Cast

    Producer, set design, puppeteer: Tom Lee
    Light designer: Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
    Video designer/puppeteer: Chris Carcione
    Master puppeteer: Koryu Nishikawa V
    Musician/Hammered dulcimer: Bill Ruyle
    Musician/Shamisen and flute: Chieko Hara
    Traditional puppeteer: Ryukumi Nishikawa
    Puppeteer: Josh Rice
    Puppeteer: Takemi Kitamura
    Puppeteer: Yoshihisa Kuwayama
    Puppeteer: Leah Ogawa
    Puppeteer: Justin Perkins

  • Duration:  01:30
  • Place:   Théâtre Claude Lévi-Strauss
  • TimeSlots:
    The Saturday 14 December 2019 from 18:00 to 19:30

    The Sunday 15 December 2019 from 16:00 to 17:30

    The Wednesday 18 December 2019 from 15:00 to 16:30

    The Thursday 19 December 2019 from 20:00 to 21:30

    The Saturday 21 December 2019 from 18:00 to 19:30

    The Sunday 22 December 2019 from 16:00 to 17:30
  • Accessibility:
    • Handicap moteur
  • Public:   Family, All publics
  • Categorie : Events
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Bande-Annonce spectacle Le Sabre et la Comète du 12 au 22 décembre 2019
Une rencontre artistique inédite entre le maître japonais de kuruma ningyō Koryu Nishikawa V et l’Américain Tom Lee, qui met à l’honneur l’art traditionnel de la marionnette dans une scénographie contemporaine. Infos et résa ici : http://www.quaibranly.fr/fr/expositions-evenements/au-musee/spectacles-fetes-et-evenements/spectacles/details-de-levenement/e/le-sabre-et-la-comete-38465/
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© Ayumi Sakamoto