JETAANC Kabuki Theatre on Film: “Kumagai’s Battle Camp” – 9/22

ku-gaiInterested in Japanese Kabuki theatre? Join alumni and friends on Sunday, September 22 for a special class at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center focusing on a video of the classic Kabuki drama, “Kumagai’s Battle Camp.” Taking its theme from “Tale of Heike,” the play features an all-star cast in one of Kabuki’s most famous tragedies.

During the long war between Genji and the Heike Clans, General Kumagai returns to his battle camp. From all accounts, he met the Emperor’s son on the field of battle and beheaded him. But perhaps all is not what it seems, especially when it is revealed that he owes the son’s family a tremendous debt of gratitude….

Only the greatest Kabuki actors are able to portray the grand tragic figure of Kumagai, who is torn amongst loyalty to his lord, a debt of gratitude to his enemy, and devotion to his family.

In Japanese with English translation. Class is free and open to the public. All ages welcome!

To register and for details about the event, visit:
https://kumagai.eventbrite.com/

If you are curious about why Kabuki’s unique combination of drama, music, dance, and spectacle continues to entertain millions every year, “here’s your chance to see one of the finest Kabuki films ever made, free, amongst fans and experts who will gladly fill you in on all the social and historical aspects of the performance” (Flavorpill “Editor’s Pick”).

What is Kabuki? Visit here for a good introduction.

Presented by JETAANC Kabuki Club. Co-sponsored by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.