THE CRANE MAIDEN
Based on the ancient Japanese folktale of a poor but honest young man who saves the life of a wounded crane. The crane turns out to be a young beautiful woman with whom he falls in love. Out of gratitude, the crane maiden bestows upon him a fabric woven from crane feathers, which becomes a source of temptation in the hands of his rich and corrupt merchant neighbor. Tempting the young man to sell the fabric, the merchant makes him break the promise that he made to the girl. As a result, she becomes a crane again and flies away.
Representing Good and Evil are two spirits, who, battling for the soul of the young man, interfere in his life and even change his destiny. These spirits are played by live actors in traditional Japanese costumes and masks, who literally manipulate the main characters, string puppets known as marionettes.
The spiritual mystery of Japanese music, the delicate and touching lyricism of Haiku poetry, the detailed and at the same time symbolic visual elements of the production create a universe filled with subtlety, inner power, moral significance, and a deep sensitivity to the beauties of the natural world.
BOOKS TO READ
1. Mysterious Tales of Japan – by R.Martin. G.P.Putnam’s Sons, 1996.
2. The Crane Wife – by S.Yagawa. William Morrow and Co, 1981.
1. Book. Music and Dance – by N.Morris. Crabtree Pub, 1976.
2. CD. Japan. Traditional vocal and instrumental music.
Electra Asylum Nonesuch records, 1976.
3. CD. Japanese K O T O Orchestra. Lirichord Discs, 1976.
4. CD. Japanese Noh Music. Lirichord Discs,
1. One Day in Japan with Hokusai. ( Japan’s most famous artist, 1760-1849 ).
Prestel Verbag, 2001.
2. HIROSHIGE. Japan’s great landscape artist. By Isaburo Oka. Kodansha Int, 1997.
3. Landscapes and Portraits – by D.Keen. Polo Alto and Tokyo: Kodasha Int, 1997.
4. Great Works of Japanese Graphic Art – by D.Mannering. Shooting Star, 1995.
5. How Artists see Animals – by C.Carrol. Abbeville Pub Co, 1996.
Learn about the World by looking at Art, and about Art looking at the World.
1. The Essential HAIKU – by R.Hass. Ecco Press, 1994.
2. An Introduction to HAIKU – by H.Henderson. Doublday, 1958.
1. Japan. The Cycle of Life. Full color photos. Kodasha Int, 1997.
2. Step into Ancient Japan – by F.McDonald. Lorenz Books, 1999.
3. Japan. Land of Rising Sun. Children’s Press, 1997.
4. I live in Tokyo – by M.Takabayashi. Houghton Miffin, 2001.
Japanese picture Dictionary – by M.Goodman. Passport Books, 1992.
Puppets of Nostalgia – by J.Law. Prinston University Press, 1997.
The Life, Death, and Rebirth of the Japanese Awaji Ningyo Island tradition.