Saturday, 11 July 2009

Bando Tamasburo by Kishin Shinoyama

From Paradis Magazine-summer 08

"For 38 years, Kishin Shinoyama has been taking photographs of Bando Tasburo, a living ledgend of kabuki theatre. In 1970, the author and nationalist ritual suicide, Yukio Mishima, said of this 'onnagata'-a male actor who specialises in female roles, but doesn't play them exclusively: "The onnagata is the flower of Kabuki, and although the great elders are essential in this field, if there were no young actors, none of these flowers in bud, kabuki would not survive. Nowadays, even though we would like to cultivate such flowers, there is no soil for this purpose and we can only impaitiently wait for a miracle. Now our paitience has been rewarded. Tamasaburo is a young onnagata whose elegance and delicacy call to mind the working of ivory. He is the living proof of the vitality of kabuki." Kishin Shinoyama, himself a master of the photographic medium, spoke to Paradis about his singular rapport with Bando Tamasburo."

For full interview click here and here


Crusher said...


Anonymous said...

I wonder what the masks are suppose to mean in Chinese culture?

-Zane of ontario honey