Transforming the traditional world of kabuki with Kinoshita-Kabuki

Stage Mar 12, 2019

Transforming the traditional world of kabuki with Kinoshita-Kabuki

by Nobuko Tanaka

For many people, the mention of kabuki brings to mind images of exaggerated makeup on actors' white-painted faces, beautiful kimono costumes and colorful sets with dramatic backdrops. Then there are the distinctive standardized movements; classic poses (mie) expressing certain emotions; the precisely choreographed fights and ...

Young gun Kinoshita takes aim at tradition

Stage Jan 28, 2015

Young gun Kinoshita takes aim at tradition

by Mana Katsura

Though for more than 300 years it's only been performed by men and boys, kabuki exists in the public imagination as actors engulfed in hair and makeup, wearing elaborate costumes and striking ostentatious poses on a vast stage. Despite this, works by the Kinoshita Kabuki ...