The Ryōmen-Sukuna

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Additional title: Ryōmen-Sukuna (Choreographic work : Sasamoto)
Takada, Norio (Dancer)
Egawa, Akira (Dancer)
Imamura, Hiroaki (Dancer)
Arai, Sakiko (Dancer)
Sasamoto, Kimie (Choreographer)
Yamoda, Mitsuo (Composer)
Endō, Takatomo (Originator)
Fujimoto, Hisanori (Designer)
Maeda, Tetsuhiko (Costume designer)
Japan Ballet Association (Dancer)
Sawada, Yuji (Lighting designer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1976-03-30
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 6444
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 7-435 (former)
Ballet -- Japan
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Language: Titles in Japanese.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at the 14th Japan Ballet Association Festival on March 30, 1976 in the NHK Hall, Tokyo, by NHK International.
Performers: Performed by members of the Japan Ballet Association. Cast: Norio Takada and Akira Egawa (The Ryomen-Sukuna, twin brothers of Hida), Sakiko Arai (The Chosen Maiden), Hiroaki Imamura (Her Lover). With Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Tadashi Mori.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (60 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Ballet based on the historical tale of the Ryōmen-Sukuna (literally "Two-headed Sukuna"), rulers of the village of Hida. Exiled by the Imperial Court as rebels, the twins take refuge in a cave where they become fierce and violent. Offered to them as a sacrificial victim, The Chosen Maiden strangles them and in turn is killed by her lover. For synopsis and descriptive notes, see: *MGZR Sasamoto, Kimie. [Clippings]
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY807025451-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12158695
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 79b42280-7dd1-0134-43cf-00505686a51c
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  • 1976: Created
  • 2018: Digitized
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Ryōmen-Sukuna" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1976.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Ryōmen-Sukuna" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 27, 2022.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1976). The Ryōmen-Sukuna Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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The Ryōmen-Sukuna