夕鶴 (Yūzuru, Twilght Crane)

夕鶴 (Yūzuru, Twilight Crane)

Play by Junji Kinoshita
Performed at Marionette Theatre, Saint Petersburg, in 2007
Directed by Boris Konstantinov
Puppets and space designed by Alexander Alexeyev

Slideshow of 夕鶴 (Yūzuru, Twilight Crane):

Twilight Crane is a beautiful love story between a husband and his wife,
who weaves fabric with a crane's feather.

The image above shows the program for the 2007 production printed on the image of a fan.
(GloPAD image 1006118; slideshow includes GloPAD images 1006120, 1006119, 1006121, and 1006122.)

 

This marionette version of Twilight Crane was created by Junji Kinoshita and performed first time in 1949 in Osaka with Yasue Yamamoto in the role of Tsu, the crane. Later, the Noh, Kabuki versions, opera and musical suite were composed based in Kinoshita's play. It was also often staged in Russia, mainly in puppet theatres.


Images in the Slideshow

Once upon a time, an innocent young man and his wife, who wove beautiful fabrics, lived in a remote village. His wife was really an exquisite crane, plucking her own feathers to weave clothes for her husband.


(GloPAD Image 1006120)

Falling prey to the greed of his friends, the young man breaks his promise to his wife by looking into the loom room.


(GloPAD Image 1006119)

The crane had transformed herself into a woman to repay the young man for rescuing her, but when he exploits her, she returns to being a crane.


(GloPAD Image 1006121)

The revealed crane flies from her husband in tears, leaving behind only two sheets of delicate fabric.


(GloPAD Image 1006122)

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