“KABUKI: the Legacy of Eccentric Spectacle”

Kabuki is a popular theater famous around the world with a history of 420 years.
It first appeared in the 16th century and is thought to have been named after the “kabukimono” of the time, masterless samurai who could not find a place in the new Edo period establishment, whose flamboyant costumes, swaggering movements and free lifestyles inspired the characters of kabuki. Since that time, Kabuki has always simultaneously preserved tradition and stayed at the forefront of current trends.

We will look at Kabuki both by looking at the classical tradition and at “Cho-Kabuki” which combines a live kabuki actor and the virtual singer Hatsune Miku.

Presented by: The Japan Foundation (JF) (https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/)

<Program Credits>
Performers: NAKAMURA Shido II etc.
Production Assistance: SHOCHIKU Co., Ltd.
Additional Materials: NTT-SHOCHIKU PARTNERS, SHOCHIKU Co., Ltd., DWANGO Co., Ltd., National Diet Library Japan, Kyoto National Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Library, Library of Congress America, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Supervision: Petr HOLY
Video Image Production: NHK ENTERPRISES, INC.
Video Image Producer: SATO Takeshi
Video Image Director: KIGAKU Takuko

<Subtitling Credits>
English Translation: Akira Mark OSHIMA
Chinese Translation (Simplified): Ling LI
Chinese Translation (Traditional): Yunhsien LIANG
French Translation: NAKAJIMA Naoko
Indonesian Translation: Dewi ANGGRAENI
Russian Translation: Tatiana SOKOLOVA DELUSINA
Spanish Translation: Mauricio MARTINEZ (https://www.japonartesescenicas.org)

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End date of distribution: 21/10/2023