Students will explore then compare and contrast the Chinese (Beijing Opera) and Japanese (Kabuki) forms of theater. They will then create their own performance pieces based on these forms.
Toshusai Sharaku (Japanese)
Color woodblock print, Sheet: 36 x 23.6 cm (14 3/16 x 9 5/16 in.). Bequest of Edward L. Whittemore 1930.205
In June 1794 at the Kawarazaki Theater, this Kabuki actor portrayed a father who commits suicide after being disgraced by his daughter who has had a child out of wedlock. The intense expression of the mouth and eyes demonstrates the conventional mie pose used by actors to show heightened emotion. A member of the famous Ichikawa acting family, Ebizo IV is recognized here by his family crest--three nested boxes-- visible on his robes. The design recalls the three boxes of rice given to the actor as a gift by a fan. It was the Ichikawa family crest for over 300 years.
Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; December 12, 2004- April 10, 2005. "Visions of Japan: Prints and Paintings from Cleveland Collections".
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