Thursday, May 7, 2009

Women's Gidayū: 女流義太夫

Sally Suzuki sends this:
Did you know that girls can be tayūs, too? I had always thought the roles were reserved for men. But last week I saw my first all-female gidayū-bushi performance at the Ueno Hirokoji-Tei in Ueno. A friend was performing on the shamisen. She was splendid. It was splendid. Here’s a video of one of the performances.

For those who don’t know, gidayū-bushi refers to the chanted narration and music of the bunraku theater, and takes its name from the great tayū (chanter) Takemoto Gidayū, who is said to have started bunraku in Osaka in 1684.

-Sally Suzuki, Beholdmyswarthyface Media Director

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