Art & Design

“Okuni” - kabuku dancer-( dance theatre)

29 & 30 March 2013, London

 "Dance in the male role!" This was the beginning of Kabuki Theatre.

A female dancer who served God, Okuni founded Kabuki in 16th century Japan.
Kabuki is a traditional Japanese theatre.

"Ka" = "sing"
"Bu" = "dance"
"Ki" = "act"


Okuni led the top dance group of its time.  But success did not last long.  However, while she struggled with her colleagues, her lover, and her love of dance and beauty, she came up with a new idea: women dancing in the male role! This was the beginning of KABUKI THEATRE.

Contemporary dance, song and drama appear in this Kabuki theatre performance.

Directed and choreographed by Akiko Ono
Script   Noriko Yokoi  (based on the book" Izumono Okuni" by Sawako Ariyoshi)
Program  Steve Newman
Assistant & performer   Sayaka Taki
Performed by Zac Nizato, Takeshi Matsutmoto, Azzurra Caccetta, Tomoko Komura, Alexander Luttley  and more with music from Akira Kawai


Admission: Nomal:£7 Concession:£6

29 & 30 March 2013
Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH.
Akiko Dance Project