Tamasaburo Bando performs Kabuki
Kyoran - 'Onatsu's Madness' is a famous example
of an early 20th century dance-drama written for the Kabuki stage.
Its central character is a young woman gone mad with grief
at the loss of her lover. The story takes place in the open country
among desolate autumn fields.
The lyrics for Onatsu Kyoran
were written by one of Japan's most respected literary figures,
Tsubouchi Shoyo, and the dance was
first performed on the Kabuki stage in 1914. Today it is one
of the best surviving examples of
early 20th century theatre reform, reform that sought to do away
with much that was illogical in traditional Kabuki dance and
to concentrate instead on the psychological realism of the characters.
This DVD also features
Tamasaburo in the dances Matsu no Isao, Kono Kimi, Ume, Yuku
Haru, and Shirayuri.
ONATSU KYORAN 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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