San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join us for a special class focusing on two classic Kabuki dance dramas portraying birds, "The Heron Maiden" (Sagi Musume) and "The Mandarin Ducks" (Oshidori).
A dance of breathtaking beauty, "The Heron Maiden" portrays the spirit of a heron that assumes the form of a young woman, only to fall in love with a man who does not return her feelings. The story slowly darkens and eventually concludes in elegantly wrought tragedy. Highlights of the dance include five spectacular "quick" costume changes before our eyes. (synopsis)
In "The Mandarin Ducks," the famous sumo wrestler Sukeyasu must defeat his opponent Kagehisa to win a sumo match...and the hand of the beautiful courtesan, Kisegawa. Enraged, Kagehisa attempts revenge against the couple, who have now mysteriously transformed into a pair of Mandarin ducks, the ancient symbol of marital fidelity! (synopsis)
In Japanese with English translation. Class is free and open to the public. All ages welcome!
If you are curious about why Kabuki's unique combination of drama, music, dance, and spectacle continues to entertain millions every year, "here's your chance to see one of the finest Kabuki films ever made, free, amongst fans and experts who will gladly fill you in on all the social and historical aspects of the performance" (Flavorpill "Editor's Pick").
What is Kabuki? Click here for a good introduction.
15 minutes from SF; 2 blocks from 12th Street BART; onsite parking garage available.
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The JET Alumni Association of Northern California (JETAANC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization consisting of former participants of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program who now live in Northern California or Nevada. The all-volunteer organization serves as a network and resource for alumni, and provides assistance to the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco for a wide range of initiatives, including local U.S.-Japan exchange activities and recruitment and orientation for the JET Program.