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Kabuki Theatre in high definition on the big screen

The closest thing to seeing Kabuki live in Tokyo!

February 9, 2011

Since its birth in the 1600s, Kabuki Theatre has remained at the cutting edge in the 21st century. Cinema Kabuki brings the colours, textures and sounds of live Kabuki to an international audience, with live productions featuring the greatest Kabuki actors recorded by multiple HD cameras. Intended for screening in movie theatres on high-quality digital projectors with 6-channel sound, Cinema Kabuki brilliantly recreates the vivid experience of an art form that is rarely seen outside of Japan.

The two Vancouver premieres will be the pure dance presentation, Heron Maiden, and one of the Kabuki productions that draws the biggest audiences in Japan, the ever-popular Triple Lion Dance. Both films are subtitled in English.

VANCOUVER SCREENINGS at the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, 88 West Pender Street
Wed. February 9:  6:00 p.m.  Triple Lion Dance, 57 minutes VANCOUVER PREMIERE
7:30 p.m.; Heron Maiden, 32 minutes, VANCOUVER PREMIER

Tickets are $23 (inc. tax) for Triple Lion Dance and $17 (inc. tax) for Heron Maiden .
Tickets can be purchased online at www.cineplex.com from January 21 or in person at the theatre.

The Heron Maiden
From a white heron to a coquettish girl, to a woman seducing her lover and hellish betrayal, Heron Maiden (the 2005 version) is one of the most challenging dance roles in Kabuki theatre. With 15 musicians on stage, and dramatic on-stage costume changes, Heron Maiden is only performed by a star onnagata. The fluid Tamasaburo seamlessly portrays the heroine with his signature piece. Watch a trailer on YouTube.

The Triple Lion Dance
The Kabuki Lion Dance usually features a father/son duo as two powerful lions who explore the challenging father/son relationship. The Triple Lion Dance is extraordinary not only because it stars the legendary Kanzaburo, but also his two sons Kantaro and Shichinosuke who shine as the two younger lions. Look for hand-held shishi masks, full mane costumes and a spectacular on-stage orchestra. Watch a trailer on YouTube.

Cinema Kabuki in Vancouver is presented by The Japan Foundation in association with the Consulate General of Japan and TomoeArts. Go to The Japan Foundation's website for the most up-to-date information: www.jftor.org.  Also visit www.tomoearts.org or call us at 604.607.5978.

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