Link to Video (56 minutes)
"This program provides an introduction to the 400-year-old tradition of Kabuki, explaining its origins and purposes, its literary sources, and the meaning of its symbolism. The program shows the rehearsal, preparation of costume and wigs, and the performance of the Kabuki play, relates the make-up and music to the overall scheme, and explains the aesthetic of Kabuki art."
The following are videos on the performance arts, including dance and theatre.
Link to Video (57 minutes)
"This program examines the work of ballet legend Jacques D'Amboise at his N.Y. National Dance Institute. Includes interviews with Russian dancers, Indian gurus, American song-and-dance men, and other international dancers."
Link to Video (20 minutes)
"Excerpts from "The Royal Cambodian Ballet," a 3-reel documentary film made by Stanley Moss for the United States Information Agency in 1963 and filmed in the palace at Phnom Penh and at Angkor under Royal patronage. Includes a performance by Princess Bopha Devi."
Link to Video (24 minutes)
"Authentically costumed American Indians from various tribes around the country perform songs and dances. Describes the social and ceremonial functions of the music and portrays how American Indians live today. Includes a composition by American Indian composer Louis Ballard."
Link to Video (30 minutes)
"A singer and a pianist who loves concert work, Charles K.L. Davis reminisces about the good old days when he was working with opera concerts. He displays some of his records and sings Hawaiian songs as he accompanies himself on the piano."
Link to Video (59 minutes)
"This video is a digest version with English commentary of a ten-volume video series recording the present-day performance practice of gagaku, Japan's court music, at the Music Department of the Board of Ceremonies of the Imperial Household Agency."
Link to Video (60 minutes)
"Shows the celebration of the Philippine Centennial Anniversary through music and dance in the Filipino tradition. Provides a historical background for each song. Participants share the feeling that despite the struggles of the past century, the spirit of the Philippines lives on in its music."