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April 18, 2011

Portrait of an Onnagata

In the tradition of Kabuki, the portrayal of female characters has become a tradition of its own. This program looks a the history of Kabuki and looks particularly at the dynastic development of the onnagata, the female impersonator, and the intricate techniques and details by which a thoroughly masculine male transforms himself into a man's dream of the womanly woman: more feminine and more perfect than any real woman.

A side note in this story: The Samurai had a pretty high status in the culture however when there were no wars the Samurai were broke. The Samurai would go into debt to the merchants to pay for sexual favors from the kabuki actors. ~Mike

Released in 1990

Askwith Media Library 54470-D

Posted by mcmike at April 18, 2011 09:49 AM


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