Audience members will experience a full immersion into the world of classical Japanese dance and music at “The Blooming Garden of Beauty,” presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center, the Department of Music and the Asian Studies Program on Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7 p.m., at The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, California Avenue, South Campus.
This Kabuki performance by Sachiyo Ito and Dancejapan will be introduced by an open conversation on women in Japanese arts, and a demonstration of the art of applying Kabuki makeup, with Hofstra University faculty members Francesca Cassio, associate professor of music and the Sardani Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology, and Patricia Welch, professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature and Languages.
Dr. Cassio explains the inspiration behind the program. “We wanted to offer the Hofstra community an opportunity to attend a traditional form of Japanese performance, that blends choreography with theater, literature and music. The thread that links all these elements is a unique and astonishing sense of aesthetics and beauty.
“A Kabuki performance is a spectacular event, but at the same time it also teaches about the cultural values and lifestyle of an ancient Eastern tradition. Like the ancient Greek tragedy, or the Italian opera, Japanese theatrical performances had – and can still have today – a pedagogical function.”
Admission to “The Blooming Garden of Beauty” is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.