But don't expect a straight Eastern interpretation. "My goal," she continues, "was to create a kind of East meets West performance. I couldn't and wouldn't want to develop something traditionally Japanese, but I did use elements from Japanese theater -- kabuki and bunraku -- as well as the musical aesthetic, the acting and the style of the puppets. "I believe I've succeeded in [blending the two]," she says of the work, which is delivered with a Western twist.
Blush presents The Crane Wife, the story of a Japanese boy who saves a crane with magical outcomes, tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the BPL's Canyon Theater, 1000 Canyon Boulevard in Boulder. Admission is free; for more information, visit www.boulderlibrary.org.
Fri., Jan. 20, 7 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 21, 2 p.m., 2012