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Hanako: a Kabuki Actress Across Bulgaria and Transylvania at the Beginning of 20 Century


Authors:
Andronika Màrtonova

Pages: 141-162

Abstract:

For the first time, this study analyses and export to the academic community the rare documents and archival materials proving that the Japanese Kabuki theatre actress Hanako realised a tour in Kingdom of Bulgaria and Transylvania (Austro-Hungarian Empire) in 1911. Referring to the information from Sawada Suketaro‘s book “Little Hanako. The Strange Story of Rodin’s Only Japanese Model” the research paper tracks down and focuses on the contracts, advertisements and the critical reception who introduced unknown aspects of Japanese culture to the territory of mentioned countries from present Eastern Europe. Hanako’s presence is also set in a broad European and research context because she had an important influence on the development of Western stage practices.

Keywords:

Japan, Bulgaria, Romania, Kabuki Theater, Hanako, Archives.

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