[FR] [ENG] Kabuki, Japanese theater costumes

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[FR] [ENG] Kabuki, Japanese theater costumes

Post by shira » Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:05 pm

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Kabuki, Japanese theater costumes [Kabuki, costumes du théâtre japonais]

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ISBN-10: 2854954955 / ISBN-13: 978-2854954951
Languages : French / full English translation at the end
No. Of pages : 190
Links
http://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/en/book ... /3415.html
http://www.amazon.fr/Kabuki-Costumes-du ... 2854954955

What it is about ?
In 2012, The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent has held the first parisian exposition about Kabuki. This book is the catalogue of that exhibition. It presents short overviews about Kabuki’s history, a few “merchandising” (woodprints mainly) and some famous costumes and props.
Video about the exposition : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... w22QhIPF9Y

Contents :
p14-27 A short history of Kabuki
p28-47 Actors’ woodblock-printed books
p48-117 Kabuki, Japanese theater costumes
Costumes selected are from the following plays:
Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura (Sukeroku and the cherry trees of Edo)
Migawari Zazen (The Zazen substitute)
Fuji Musume (The girl with wisteria)
Genji Monogatari (The tale of Genji)
Aoto Zoshi Hana no Nishikie (Five men upon the white wave)
Shibaraku (Wait a minute !)
Kyoganoko Musume Dojoji (The girl of the Dojoji Templer)
Narukami Fudo Kitagama Zakura (Narukami and the thunder God)
Sayaate (The Rivals)
Kajiwara Heizo Homare no Ishikiri (The Stone cut by Kajiwara)
Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (The Secrets of Sugawara’s writings)
Kuruwa Bunsho (Love letters from the district of pleasures)
p118-127 Some comparisons between noh and kabuki costumes
p128-147 Woodblock prints
p152-190 Full English translation

My opinion
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see that exhibition in person :cry: .
However, the Fondation Berger is renowned for the quality of its publications and I must say that I am very pleased with this catalogue.
The essays are a good first approach about the Kabuki world –neither too light nor completely unintelligible.
The costumes displayed are well detailed and pleasant too look at (even if some close-up would have been even better !). The explanation give hints about the plays, stage techniques and motif symbolism but somehow left me unsatisfied: it really sparked my interest and gave me the will to explore the Kabuki world further :katana: ;)

Recommended:
- For those searching a really good and complete introduction
- For those interested in theater costumes (show off kimono !)
- For those searching for a beautiful coffee table book (but with plenty of words !)
Not Recommended:
- For those hoping for the full stories of the different plays
- For those searching Kabuki stage techniques information

Some of the costumes shown :
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Re: [FR] [ENG] Kabuki, Japanese theater costumes

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