This onsite lunchtime event will take place in the Headley Lecture Theatre

With Tanaka Denjirō VII, professional kabuki musician, and associates; led by Ashmolean curator Clare Pollard

Join us for a special lunchtime concert.

Leading hayashikata (kabuki musician) Tanaka Denjirō VII on Japanese drum and fellow musician on Japanese flute will perform musical highlights from the kabuki theatre. Kabuki is a traditional Japanese drama, incorporating song, mime and dance.

The event will be opened by Clare Pollard, curator of the forthcoming Kabuki Kimono display, before an introduction to the instruments and costumes by Tanaka Denjirō VII.

The performance will last around 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. Okubo Hiroyoshi, costume dresser, will be available to answer questions about kabuki costumes.

A translator will provide Japanese to English and English to Japanese translation for parts of the event.

The event is part of our World in Colour season of events, and links in with our forthcoming free display, Kabuki Kimono: The costumes of Bandō Tamasaburō V.

Organised in collaboration with the Japan Foundation London
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This event has now taken place.

If you have any questions, please email us at publicprogrammes@ashmus.ox.ac.uk