Saturday, March 10, 2007

Tamasaburo Bando, one of the greatest Kabuki actors of the day

Kabuki, Kyoto
Kabuki, Kyoto
This person, dressed to the nine in a rather classical way, is not a woman but a man. But he is not a gay but a Kabuki actor.

He is Tamasaburo Bando and one of greatest Kabuki actors of the day.

Kabuki is performed by all men so he dresses and makes up like a woman.

Kabuki is one of Japanese traditional performing art, as well as Noh and Bunraku, and is the elegant marriage of performing, dancing and music. Three elements of the sound, color and moving makes up this art, like Opera performance in the Western.

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At 3/11/2007 4:54 PM, Blogger Mimmu said...

This could be interesting to see, could I get a right feeling about their performance - perhaps, if somebody would help a little :)
It must take a long time to prepare costume and make up.
Have a pleasant Sunday evening!

 
At 3/11/2007 9:14 PM, Blogger Mandi said...

I agree with Mimmu it must take ages to get dressed up in that outfit. Looks very interesting though.

 
At 3/11/2007 10:06 PM, Blogger Zsolt72 said...

I even cant imagine how many hours it takes to dress up!

 
At 3/14/2007 8:41 PM, Blogger macky said...

I cannot imagine too:-) I think it takes more than a hour at least.

 
At 3/23/2007 9:36 PM, Blogger Lunar Chick said...

I went to see a Kabuki show here in London at the Sadler's Wells theatre last year. Ebizo Ichikawa XI was one of the actors and I have to say I found it to be amazing. I loved it and was sad that it only was on for 2 weeks. It really was beautiful.

 

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