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Virtual Japanese Performance Arts Lecture: Bunraku and Kabuki

August 29, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a virtual lecture on Japanese Art and Performance

The Japanese Culture Center and the Japan America Society of Chicago are proud to present a special performance arts lecture series with Mami Takahashi Sensei.

Lecture Description

Both Bunraku, the puppet theatre, and Kabuki, the elaborate Kumadori (make-up) worn by some of its performers, started in the 17th century. Unlike Gagaku and Noh, Bunraku and Kabuki were developed by wealthy merchant class people at the time, which symbolize the changing of the power structure and the bloom of culture. We will also look at the characteristics and beauty of each discipline with some famous stories, make-up, and roles of actors through short video clips and images.

Instructor Bio

Takahashi Sensei received her MFA in Contemporary Studio Practice from Portland State University (Portland, OR) in 2013. She earned a BFA in Japanese Painting from Joshibi University of Art and Design (Japan), where she was awarded a prize for her thesis work.

She was a research scholar at the University of Oregon, focusing on the conceptual understanding of Japanese aesthetics from 2015-2018. Her artwork has also been collected and exhibited internationally.

Photo Credit: Shochiku Co.ltd.