Performed from the early 1600s, originally by a woman and later decreed for only male performers (to this day), Kabuki theater has become a pillar of Japanese national culture -- and has spread into worldwide acclaim. Known for the lavish, colorful costumes, exaggerated facial expressions, and the on-stage musicians in the background, Kabuki has remained a popular art form throughout Japan.
Having lived in Japan for 2 years, Gilat Ben-Dor recalls her own experiences attending Kabuki performances in Tokyo. In this rendition of a Kabuki scene, she depicts what is known as "Mie" (mee-eh), or a stare: these are signature freeze-poses that the main characters strike onstage, in order to elicit costume appreciation and a deeper understanding of the characters from the audience.
This print is based on the CURTAIN UP! series of theatrical watercolor paintings by Gilat Ben-Dor. Print details:
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ASU Gammage, Arizona's premier Broadway theater, presents artist Gilat Ben-Dor’s brand new, theater-themed series, CURTAIN UP! from April 1-30, 2022. Gilat’s whimsical, colorful art will take you on a journey of moments both on stage and off, with relatable highlights all about “The Show.” From Greek dramas to Renaissance-era theater, from Shakespeare to Vaudeville, and even Japanese Kabuki, Gilat pays tribute to the theatrical milestones that brought us to the Broadway and theater traditions we know and love today.