Izumi Ashizawa to perform at Luther College Sept. 11: 'Dreams in the Arms of the Binding Lady'

Izumi Ashizawa, assistant professor of acting/movement at the University of Maryland, will give the performance, "Dreams in the Arms of the Binding Lady," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 in the Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the Luther College campus.          

Ashizawa's performance is sponsored in part by Luther's Lecture and Fine Arts Committee and Department of Visual and Performing Arts. This performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.                        

Combining elements of Japanese Noh, Kabuki and Suzuki styles, "Dreams in the Arms of the Binding Lady" puts both puppets and live actors to use in creating a Japanese ghost story and ritualistic ceremony. By utilizing a spider web set that functions as a puppet Ashizawa's performance engages the audience's imagination and blurs the line between real and unreal. An original musical score will be featured in the performance.

Ashizawa holds a master's degree from the University of Sacred Heart in Japan. She studied traditional Japanese performance styles with Tadashi Suzuki.            

"Dreams in the Arms of the Binding Lady" is Ashizawa's latest original creation. She has presented her previous works in Japan, Romania, Norway, Australia and Russia as well as New York City and Washington D.C.