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Shochiku will be presenting “Japan KABUKI Festival in Las Vegas 2016” this coming May 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The festival will feature a Kabuki performance “Panasonic presents Wonder KABUKI Spectacle at MGM Grand KABUKI LION SHI-SHI-O: The Adventures of the Mythical Lion” created especially for the David Copperfield Theatre at the MGM Grand, and a Water Screen Digital Show at the Fountains of Bellagio of the Bellagio Hotel. KABUKI LION will be the first Kabuki performance ever played in a Las Vegas Theater.

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KABUKI LION, a highlight of Japan KABUKI Festival in Las Vegas 2016, will have six performances only, May 3 – 7, 2016. Tickets start at $55.05 (not including tax and administrative fees); VIP and Premium seats are also available.

To purchase tickets, visit the official website.

KABUKI LION features renowned Kabuki actor Ichikawa Somegoro, and integrates new media art with spectacular state of the art projections. The story is based on the legend of a father lion that throws his child into a ravine to test the young lion’s strength through hardship. KABUKI LION incorporates the signature Kabuki elements that have astonished and delighted audiences for centuries: elegant dances, the unique onnagata female role portrayed by a male actor, acrobatic fight scenes, the lion’s robust and spirited movements, lavish costumes and makeup, and many other treasures of this traditional Japanese theatrical art. The story is told against a backdrop of state of the art video projections created by leading Japanese creative media artists.


Calendar Listing

Panasonic presents Wonder KABUKI Spectacle


SHI-SHI-O: The Adventures of the Mythical Lion

Venue: David Copperfield Theatre at MGM Grand

3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Performances: Tuesday, May 3 – Saturday, May 7, 2016

Tuesday May 3, Wednesday May 4, Thursday May 5, Friday May 6 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Tickets: Tickets start at $55.05 (tax and admin fees excluded); VIP and Premium seats are also available.

Visit the official website for tickets and more details:

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In addition to the Kabuki performance, Panasonic will also present “Water Screen Digital Show by Shochiku x teamLab” as part of the festival. The show will take place at the Fountains of Bellagio of the Bellagio Hotel from April 29 to May 7, with four shows daily – 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm , and will be free to the public.

About Kabuki

Kabuki (歌舞伎) is a traditional Japanese form of theater with roots tracing back to the Edo Period. It is recognized as one of Japan’s three major classical theaters along with noh and bunraku, and has been named as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Rich in showmanship, Kabuki involves elaborately designed costumes, eye-catching make-up, outlandish wigs, and arguably most importantly, the exaggerated actions performed by the actors.



About KABUKI LION SHI-SHI-O: The Adventures of the Mythical Lion

The story of KABUKI LION takes place at Mount Seiryo – an ethereal Buddhist location where the gods live. Shi-Shi-O serves Monju, the Buddhist deity of spiritual wisdom. Shi-Shi-O’s children will be celebrating their coming of age soon but before this rite of passage, he sends them on a mission. They must defeat a mythical creature that is said to be the dark-side of the human heart, and to return the treasured sword Shi-Shi-Maru that was stolen from Monju.


About Water Screen Digital Show by Shochiku x teamLab

For the first part of the show, a story will be told in a beautiful and dynamic presentation, which employs hologram images and includes scenes from the famous battle of samurais projected onto a screen of water, splashing up from the famous fountain in front of The Bellagio. A collaborative fishing game can be played during the second part of the show in which participants download a game app onto their smart phones and use it like a fishing reel, teaming up with other participants, to catch a variety of fishes.



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