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Japan's Grand Kabuki in America
Additional title: Sakura-hime azuma bunsho
Additional title: Tsuchigumo
Additional title: Shibaraku
Cavett, Dick (Host)
Bandō, Tamasaburō, V, 1950- (Performer)
Kataoka, Nizaemon, XV, 1944- (Performer)
Onoe, Shōroku, 1913-1989 (Performer)
Onoe, Tatsunosuke (Performer)
Ichikawa, Danjūrō, 1946- (Performer)
Hermann, Jane (Interviewee)
Grilli, Peter (Interviewee)
Bowers, Faubion, 1917-1999 (Interviewee)
Pronko, Leonard Cabell (Interviewee)
Hoffman, Milton B (Producer)
Grand Kabuki (Company) (Performer)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1986
Table of Contents
Performance excerpts include: Sakura-hime azuma bunsho (The scarlet princess of Edo), perf. by Tamasaburo, Takao, and others. -- B&w archival footage of kabuki performances. -- Tsuchigumo (The earth spider), perf. by Danjuro and Shoroku. -- Kojo (name-taking ceremony), perf. by Danjuro and others. -- Shibaraku (Just a moment!), perf. by Danjuro, Tatsunosuke, Tamasaburo, Shoroku, and others.
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 8750
Dance -- Japan
Television programs
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Creation/production credits: Produced by Pacific Mountain Network. Producer/writer: Milton B. Hoffman. Director of photography/editor: Bill Snider. Host: Dick Cavett.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (30 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 3/4 in.
Documentary on the 1985 U.S. tour of the Grand Kabuki, following the company from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York to Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to Royce Hall at the University of California, Los Angeles. Company members and western scholars provide information and insights into various aspects of the art of kabuki, including its history, acting techniques, costumes and make-up. Appearing in interviews are kabuki actors Bando Tamasaburo, Onoe Shoroku II and his son Onoe Tatsunosuke, and Danjuro XII; as well as Jane Hermann of the Metropolitan Opera House, Peter Grilli of the Japan Society, kabuki expert Faubion Bowers, and theater historian Leonard C. Pronko. Performance excerpts are drawn from the repertory for the tour.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY946052141-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12175994
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 495e6700-9303-0138-ef7a-017efd240caa
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  • 1986: Created
  • 2020: Digitized
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Japan's Grand Kabuki in America" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1986.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Japan's Grand Kabuki in America" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 22, 2024.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1986). Japan's Grand Kabuki in America Retrieved from

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Japan's Grand Kabuki in America