Tamasaburo Bando performs Kabuki
Bando, Kabuki’s greatest performer of female roles,
appears in the classic dance story, Sagi Musume (The Heron Maiden).
Tamasaburo portrays the resentful spirit of a heron, who, having
assumed the form of a young woman, falls in unrequited love with
a man. Five costume changes take place as, before our eyes, we
see the heron take the form of an innocent young girls and then
an older and more experienced woman. In the end, she is
wounded, and, having resumed the form of a heron, dances out
her death thoes.
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 tradition.
This 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.
SAGI MUSUME 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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