Bandō Kotoji Dancing Tadanobu (忠信)

Tadanobu names a dance and a character from the Yoshino Mountain (Yoshinoyama) michiyuki scene of the kabuki and puppet theater play Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees (Yoshitsune senbon zakura). In the scene the warrior Tadanobu accompanies his master Yoshitsune's betrothed Shizuka Gozen through the hills of the Yoshino district. Tadanobu however is actually a fox spirit who follows the hand drum carried by Shizuka. In this dance the warrior Tadanobu recounts an earlier battle between the Heike warrior Kagekiyo and the Genji warrior Miyonoya no Shiro. The dance is a good example of a narrative dance (katarimono) wherein a character enacts a story they are telling.


Bandō Kotoji performs Tadanobu
October 2010, Cornell University
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