September 12, 1993
The Grand Kabuki of Japan returns to the Japan America Theatre this week for seven performances that mark the troupe's last West Coast visit for an indefinite period. Domestic demands in Japan leave the Grand Kabuki little time to tour outside the country, according to Japan America Theatre officials. The only other U.S. visit planned by the troupe is an appearance at the Olympic Arts Festival in Atlanta in 1996. The Grand Kabuki's performances Thursday through Sept.
September 14, 1993 |
For a quarter of a century, Baiko Onoe VII has been one of Japan's "living treasures," an officially certified master of the multiple arts of Kabuki and one of the best onnagata (performer of women's roles) in the all-male Kabuki. Yet, he says, he still hones his skills by practicing body movements, nude, before a mirror. "My father was a hyper-critical man. Even in the winter, we did rehearsals in the nude before a mirror.