Performances

Gwacheon Dreams

Gwacheon Dreams

Sept, 2010. Masanari was in Gwacheon, South Korea, with a team working with many community members creating the opening ceremony for 14th annual Gwacheon Hanmadang Festival led by Beth Peterson.

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Mesujika DOE

Aug, 2010. A workshop presentation of a collaboration in progress, created by Shirotama Hitsujiya and Trista Baldwin at the Playwrights’ Center. Masa as Ichiro, performing in English and Japanese.

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masanari kawahara & bart buch - lantern for father patrick

Peace Day Lantern Ceremony

Aug, 2009 & 10. Initiated by Bart Buch, several artists gathered to create a community peace ceremony commemorating August 6th – the day the first Atomic bomb was used on human and its surroundings at Hiroshima, Japan.

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A Path Home: A Story of Thich Nhat Hanh

Nov, 2009. An intimate performance exploring the life and work of Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese monk, poet, and peace activist. In the hands of master visual storyteller Masanari Kawahara, eloquent puppets weave an interpretation of the man and his teachings.

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gotama by masanari kawahara

Gotama: A Journey to the Buddha

2006. The heroic journey of Siddhatta Gotama, the young man who, in search of his own humanity, becomes the Buddha. Co-created with director Andrew Kim, designer and performer Masanari Kawahara.

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godzilla by Masanari Kawahara

GOJIRA! (Godzilla)

2004-06. Based on the 1954 movie, Masanari created a solo puppet show – funny, poignant, yet faithful to the message of the movie: horror of nuclear warfare and hope to eliminate all the nuclear weapons from the earth.

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