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The Path of the Onnagata: From Male to Female

From site: Viz

A lecture/performance by David Furumoto, an expert on traditional Japanese theater and other Asian theater forms at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Date: Friday, January 7th, 2011

Time: 7:30 pm

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Boliou Hall Auditorium

Contact: Laurel Bradley

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Film footage from The Path of the Onnagata: From Male to Female


In Kabuki theater, male actors play all roles; the female impersonators are known as “onnagata.” In “The Path of the Onnagata,”David Furumoto will publicly stage his own gender transformation, an act usually hidden behind the dressing room door. Furumoto’s lecture will illuminate several poignant works in the exhibition, and help celebrate the wide array of art forms connected to the Visualizing Japanese Theater celebration.  A reception will follow in the Art Gallery.