Sagi Musume: Kabuki Dance

"... one of Japan's greatest stars," Maurice Béjart"

70 minutes, Kabuki DVD only, colour with English commentary



Tamasaburo Bando performs Kabuki Dance

Sagi Musume: Kabuki DanceTamasaburo 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. Tamasaburo Bando

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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Tamasaburo Bando

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