Tamasaburo Bando performs Kabuki
Bando, Kabuki’s greatest performer of female roles,
appears in the classic dance story, Musume Dojoji. A beautiful
woman inveigles her way into a temple compound at the time of a
ceremony to consecrate a new bell. She secretly burns with anger
because she believes that one of the monks betrayed his vow to
marry her. She changes from one gorgeous kimono to another until
the maiden turns into a frightening demon who melts the new bell.
Performed at Tokyo’s Kabuki-Za Theatre, Tamasaburo is seen
here at the height of his powers as a dancer.
Tamasaburo is world
reknowned for his performances in film and on stage with Maurice
Béjart, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Yo-Yo
Ma. Now in this staging of one of the great classics of Japan,
Tamasaburo shows himself to be a consummate artist of the Kabuki
DVD features an excellent, comprehensive English language commentary
by Oxford University scholar Paul M. Griffith explaining the history
and details of the play and of the performance.
MUSUME DOJOJI is part of a
six part series of DVDs featuring Tamasaburo.
“…who will forget Tamasaburo, with hands like
long translucent carvings?” New York Times
…one of Japan’s greatest stars,” Maurice Béjart
I have just seen a great actor…” The Guardian
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