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KABUKI lecture & performance
at Israel Museum and Suzanne Dellal Centre
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the relations between Japan and Israel, Kabuki, a 400-year-old traditional performing art of Japan arrived at stages in Israel for the first time ever.

On 30th and 31st August, at the auditorium of Israel Museum, Jerusalem, performances were held as a twin project with the exhibition "Crossplay: Male Actors, Female Roles in Kabuki Theatre", so that the audience could enjoy experiencing the Japanese traditional art from various points of view.

On stage, lectures about history, Onna-gata (female role) and sound & music of Kabuki were presented to the audience, followed by a performance of "Sagi-musume" (Heron Maiden), which represents joy and pain of love through dance of a spirit of heron and a young lady. This distinctive Kabuki dance piece was performed by the principal of the troupe, Mr. Kyozo Nakamura.

On 6th and 7th September, at Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv was presented much more authentic Kabuki performance with huge and aesthetic sceneries, traditional wooden carpets and genuine Kabuki tricolor curtain. Beginning with a brief lecture about the history, the group presented "Sagi-musume" and "Shakkyo" (Stone bridge), a dance of two long-maned lions .
A lecture on Kabuki make-up and costumes was also presented during the evening. The performance ended with warm applause filling in the whole house. At the margins of the performances, the troupe also gave workshops in Seminar HaKibutzim and Beit Zvi School of the Performing Arts.

Young actors/actresses learned the essence of Japanese traditional performing arts through gestures, moving, and styles. This event was organized by the Japan Foundation, Israel Museum, Suzanne Dellal Centre and the Embassy of Japan, produced by Shochiku Co., Ltd.


"Sagi-musume" (Heron Maiden) by Kyozo Nakamura

“Shakkyo” (Stone bridge) by Kyozo Nakamura and Matsugoro Onoe
Applauding audience A workshop participant who learns styles of Onna-gata (female role)
from Mr. Kyozo Nakamura