Ninagawa Company Brings KAFKA ON THE SHORE to the Lincoln Center Festival


Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami, Yukio Ninagawa, Ninagawa Company, NYC, Lincoln Center Festival, Japan, Japanese plays, Lincoln Center
KAFKA ON THE SHORE. Photo by Takahiro Watanabe.

Kafka on the Shore

Thursday, July 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m.

David H. Koch Theater – 20 Lincoln Center Plaza

Admission: $35 – $100

Encounter famed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami’s blend of magical realism, suspense, humor, and sensuality as only the renowned director Yukio Ninagawa – who celebrates his 80th birthday this year – could realize it. His sweeping cinematic treatment and ensemble cast led by Japan Academy Award–winning star Rie Miyazawa (The Twilight Samurai) and noted actors Naohito Fujiki and Nino Furuhata bring this bestselling text to resplendent visual life.

In a tale of two parallel journeys, 15-year-old Kafka and an imaginary friend run away from home in search of his estranged mother and sister and to escape an Oedipal curse. His journey runs side by side that of a fellow searcher – an old man with uncanny abilities seeking a magical stone he believes will offer divine guidance. As their odysseys entwine in modern-day Japan, reality, dream, and myth converge in an allegorical tale that resonates viscerally but resists logical explanation.

The legendary Ninagawa stunned Lincoln Center Festival audiences in 2005 with his sold-out performances of Modern Noh Plays and returned in 2010 for his production of Musashi. Now, he turns Murakami’s novel into what The Guardian describes as “a sensuous spectacle.”

Performed in Japanese with English supertitles.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Lincoln Center Festival’s website.