Join JASCO and Shadowbox Live as we explore the inspirations and influences of David Mack's Kabuki: Circle of Blood.
This fall, Shadowbox Live will be presenting its most ambitious project yet: Circle of Blood. Inspired by David Mack's graphic novel Kabuki:Circle of Blood, this show melds live and digital performances in a multi-media experience in which stage performances paired with projection art and video that utilize Mack's original drawings.
Both Mack's story and Shadowbox Live's adaption draw heavily from many aspects of Japanese culture, from handscrolls, to noh and kabuki theater, to contemporary cinema. To highlight and celebrate the Japanese elements present within the story, JASCO will be partnering with Shadowbox Live to present a series of free pre-show lectures from 5:30-6:15 on Wednesday, October 18 and Wednesday, October 25 exploring these inspirations and influences. .
On Wednesday, October 18, JASCO Executive Director Dr. Benjamin Pachter will give a presentation on the Japanese theatrical influences on Circle of Blood, exploring both traditional genres like noh and kabuki and modern ones like cinema and anime. Then, on Wednesday, October 25, Japanese art scholar Dr. Sara Sumpter will explore the Japanese artistic influences found in Circle of Blood, such as Japanese hand scrolls, vengeful spirit stories, and the works that inspired David Mack.
No ticket is required to attend these lectures, although you're encouraged to attending the evening performance of Circle of Blood that follows the lectures. You'll gain a deeper appreciation and enjoyment of the show equipped with the information presented in the lecture.To purchase tickets for Shadowbox Live's Circle of Blood, visit the Shadowbox Live website.
When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 5-6 PM, & Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 5-6 PM
Where: Shadowbox Live, 503 S Front St, Ste 260, Columbus, Ohio 43215
For parking information, see the Shadowbox Live FAQ.
About the Presenters:
Dr. Benjamin Pachter is Executive Director of the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio. He is also an ethnomusicologist specializing in Japanese performance arts, having received a doctorate in Ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. His research interests include Japanese drumming and festival music, the development of repertoire and performance practice, and the worldwide spread of Japanese culture.
Dr. Sara Sumpter is a writer, editor, and independent scholar. She received a doctorate in Japanese art history from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016. Her research interests include narrative art, horror tropes and iconography, theories of the supernatural and the grotesque, and sociopolitics.