Kabuki & Traditional Dance

My favourite kabuki actor is Bando Tamazaburo (V).

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Photo credit:
http://ol-kyomi.com/109.html & Japan Times

Bando is arguably the most famous Onnagata actor (men who play female characters in kabuki). I still remember the first time seeing him on stage in 2008, I thought “that’s the most beautiful ‘woman’ I’ve ever seen!”

Being an Onnagata is to be the definition of femininity on the stage. In other words, he must be ‘more woman than a real woman’ to fulfil his role.

Here is a number (with English commentary) by Bando about the story between a high-ranking courtesan and her lover:
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His performance is timelessly rich in depth and ambience. I develop new sensations very time I watch his performance. A turn of the head, a flip of the palm… His graceful moves have hugely inspired me in learning traditional dance. The photo below is an example of maiko dancing at a banquet.

The photo below is an example of maiko dancing at a banquet.

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Japanese dance can seem gentle and slow, but it is in fact very powerful in the core. The most common theme is love, especially expressing affection and sadness using subtle metaphors of seasonal sceneries, animals, flowers and trees…

Here is a video taken during festival time at Yasaka Shrine, where 2 maiko sisters perform the famous Gion-Kouta dance for the crowd.
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If you would like to enjoy a live performance without flying 10 hours to Kyoto, book your exclusive private banquet here in Sydney, I’ll dance for you and you only.

 

Until we meet…
Yuko