Kabuki Dancer: A Novel of the Woman Who Founded Kabuki

Kabuki Dancer: A Novel of the Woman Who Founded Kabuki

To be kabuki in Japan once meant to be outrageous, daring, flaunting convention. It was in sixteenth-century Japan, as Shakespeare was writing his masterworks half a world away, that the spirit of Kabuki theater was born out of a single woman's passions and dedication to her art. In Kabuki Dancer, the popular Japanese novelist Sawako Ariyoshi (The Doctor's Wife, The River Ki, The Twilight Years) retells the story of Okuni, the legendary temple dancer who first performed among jugglers and freak shows on a stage along the riverbank in the heart of the imperial city of Kyoto. Blending the rhythms and movements of religious festivals with the words of popular love songs, she and her troupe became sensations. Their affairs and rivalries, infatuations and jealousies, were transformed into the very fabric of their performance, as it began its evolution into the classic drama of today. Against a backdrop of civil war, dynastic conflict, and social turmoil, Okuni and her companions and lovers, together with their audience of artisans, merchants, and aristocrats, struggled to survive the birth pangs of a glorious--yet sometimes deadly--new age. Based on fact, transmuted into powerful and moving artistic expression, Kabuki Dancer is at once a turbulent love story, a recreation of an exotic and colorful historical period, and an almost mythic representation of the miraculous moment in which an immortal art form appears.

Title:Kabuki Dancer: A Novel of the Woman Who Founded Kabuki
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9784770027351
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  • Anca Rucareanu

    https://ancasicartile.wordpress.com/2...Am recunoscut același stil melodios, aceeași atenție la detalii, aceleași personaje puternice…dar mi s-a părut mult mai greoaie decât Parfum de curtezan...

  • P

    Historical fiction at its best. Ariyoshi paints a portrait of the incredible 17th century peasant woman, Okuni of Izumo, who invented the art form of Kabuki. The bitter irony is that although Kabuki w...

  • Sidonia

    „In Japonia secolului al XVI-lea, sa fii kabuki („destrabalata”) insemna sa sfidezi conventiile, sa imbratisezi noul (si moda „barbara” adusa de occidentali). Asa i se va spune si lui Okuni,...

  • AlexLovesBooks

    This book is a historical novel about Izumo no Okuni , the woman who invented kabuki in 16th-century Japan. Little is really known about her life -- she was born around 1572, perhaps served as a miko ...

  • Andreea Ursu-Listeveanu

    Okuni din Izumo e adevarata creatoare a teatrului Kabuki. Dar dincolo de asta, cartea lui Sawako Ariyoshi spune povestea unei femei care a reinviat dupa fiecare infrangere, personala sau profesionala,...

  • Stephen Douglas Rowland

    This is Arayoshi's worst novel on the English-language market. Cliched, trite, and often quite boring, it's mediocre at best. Skip this one and read The Doctor's Wife and The Twilight Years....

  • Ian Josh

    The origiinal Forest Gump...Check out my full review:https://ianjoshyateswriting.blogspot.......

  • Ad

    Izumo no Okuni ("The Kabuki Dancer," 1969) is the story of Okuni, the woman who in the late 16th century "invented" a new form of dance that was an early incarnation of the Kabuki theater. She perform...

  • Risshuu

    I do not know much about the history of kabuki, so I don't know how accurate this historical novel is, but it was a really good read....

  • Ana ? Tesserell

    + + + Excellent read about historical figure Okuni from Izumo....