A sensational on-stage transformation in Kabuki. The play is Sagi Musume, meaning Heron Maiden. The actor is Bando Tamasaburo, a celebrated onnagata (man specialising in female roles.) In Kabuki it is customary for all female roles to be performed by men, much like the actors of Shakespeare’s time. However, the earliest form of Kabuki, during the Edo period, was in fact performed by an all female cast until it was outlawed for women to appear on the Kabuki stage in 1629.
I just came back from the theatre, my friend is in the play The Recruiting Officer. It was such a treat to go to the Donmar, it’s so tiny and you can sit on three sides of the stage, so your perspective is really involving and far more dynamic. The choreography becomes more apparent and complex, rather than just flat on to the scene. A stronger sense of characters relating to each other in the foreground and background. It made me want to draw acting so much. I must see if I can get to draw the drama students rehearsing at Saint Martins. Anyway, Nancy was brilliant as the cross-dressing Silvia (below) and Mackenzie Crook played an entertaining and crafty Sergeant Kite.
My mentor advised me to add the swirl of the martini at the beginning, which was a really nice idea, he also recommended that I stretch my characters more and take liberties with the shapes. I think I have been underplaying with the movements, forgetting how much you can do with cartoon acting.
Scroll down to see the character for the ‘body acting’ exercise… I thought who better than an archetypal Hollywood actress? Her scene is almost done, so that should be posted here later this week. Her acting queue was “person takes a drink of a cocktail and it is really strong.” I’ve also been working on it in 3D with Boris, but we were like “CUT! Robots? Acting? Whatever.” …. Ironically she has been far less of a diva than Soakie was on that dreaded Mood Change, which was driving me crackers. I found that so hard to get right, and still it needs more tweaking. Maybe working with professional actors is the way forward?