Bandō Tamasaburō V

His full name: 五代目 坂東 玉三郎 Godaime Bandō Tamasaburō. Born in 1950, versatile kabuki actor. He is best known for his onnagata roles, but also plays lion and men’s parts. I saw once Wistaria Musume, and I fell under the spell. I forgot he was onnagata. After it I saw everything I could find.
Tamasaburō has also appeared in a number of films and special dance performances such as BESETO in 2001, which celebrated the entertainment traditions of China, Korea, and Japan. In 1996, he collaborated with Yo-yo Ma and performed at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, dancing dramatically to Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Suite No. 5 for Unaccompanied Cello.” He also performed alongside taiko drummers Kodo in 2006, as part of Kodo’s 25th anniversary celebration. (wiki)

There is some inexplicable grace in his dance.

Few videos:
Sagi Musume:
Wisteria Maiden:

Tamasaburō has quite known follower:
Saotome Taichi:


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4 Responses to Bandō Tamasaburō V

  1. Selma says:

    He's a genius ! Wonderful, talentful man. I love sagi musume, I discovered Tamasaburo with this play ; and also Orochi, Fuji Musume and Inabune. 🙂 I' like to see him playing, one day…
    Thanks for this page !

  2. Ethlenn says:

    Well, first time I saw him in Yoshitsune Sembonzakura, and then I moved to Orochi and Sagi musume. ^^ Glad you liked it.

  3. Selma says:

    I don't know Yoshitsune Sembonzakura…! Hope there's the video on youtube ! 🙂

  4. Ethlenn says:

    There is, almost full play, and at least was 6 months ago, on youtube. Without subs so maybe it's better to read the story beforehand. But if you know japanese, it will be easier (oh well, Edo-period japanese).

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