Tag: Japan

  • GPS | AZERBAIJAN | Puppets from around the world raise hopes for the future in Baku

    Why was the opening ceremony of the second international puppet theater festival in Azerbaijan so damn solemn an occasion? Probably because the organizers have put so much hope in it. In November 2011, when the first international theater festival opened in Baku, the Azerbaijan State Puppet Theater turned 80 years old. It is a venerable institution. It was the first time such a large-scale international festival was organized in the history of Azerbaijani theater.

  • Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando V | Photo courtesy of Inamori Foundation

    Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando V at San Diego’s Kyoto Symposium, March 20-22

    SAN DIEGO, CALIF.: Tamasaburo Bando V is one of Japan’s most celebrated performers of Kabuki, the traditional dance/drama form whose roots date back some 500 years. On Thursday, March 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the 61-year-old artist offers a free presentation that is open to the public as part of the annual Kyoto Symposium, March 21-22, at the University of San Diego (online registration is required at www.kyotoprize-us.org). In 2011, Tamasaburo became a Kyoto Prize laureate. He received this prestigious $625,000 prize, bestowed every year by Japan’s Inamori Foundation. A tate oyama, or leading interpreter of female roles, Tamasaburo is one of Japan’s most famous Kabuki actors, known for performing onnagata (female roles) in the all-male Kabuki tradition. Using the backdrop of his life’s work, Tamasaburo will reveal the skills he uses in playing Kabuki roles, including the essentials of hard work and the ideals of beauty as pursued by the artist. Devoted to his art since childhood, Tamasaburo made his public stage debut at age seven. Beyond kabuki, he has been featured by the Metropolitan Opera and has performed with renowned artists from around the world. His films include Gekashitsu (The Operating Room), which he co-wrote and directed; and Andrzej Wajda’s Nastasja, in …