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- Previous Owner(s)
Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004
Blanche B. McFetridge born 1874
Frank Lloyd Wright American, 1867 - 1959
Dance (buyo) is a central element of kabuki performance. Here, in a famous episode from the play, Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees (Yoshitsune sembonzakura), the actor Arashi Sangoro II (1732-1803) performs a dance in which he struggles not to reveal his true identity as a fox-spirit who has assumed the form of the warrior Tadanobu so that he may remain near the drum that was made from his father's skin. In this dance, as Yoshitsune's mistress Shizuka Gozen (played by Segawa Kikunojo III) plays the hand drum, Tadanobu's movements and gestures increasingly become more foxlike. The dance culminates in a rapid exit along the hanamichi, the stage extension that runs through the audience.
- Published References
- Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 11, p. 74-75.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
- Web Resources
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