Tamasaburo Bando performs Kabuki
the sixth and final volume of this series, Tamasaburo
Bando dances Fuji Musume.
First performed in 1826, Fuji Musume, the “Wisteria Maiden,”
features the spirit of the wisteria plant, transformed into a bashful
and romantic young woman.
In the town of Otsu a painting of the Wisteria Maiden catches the
eye of a male passerby. As he gazes into the painting, the wisteria
maiden becomes so infatuated with the man that she comes to life,
stepping out of the painting to dance.
She writes heartfelt letters, but the letters go unanswered. The
dance expresses the depth of emotion of her unrequited love, eventually
leading her to sadness and despair. Heartbroken, she re-enters the
painting, where she remains in the last pose of the dance.
This DVD also contains the dances, Yukari no
Tuki, Yasuna, Aoi
no Ue, Kane no Misaki.
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.
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.
FUJI 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,”
“ I have just seen a great actor…” The
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