Monday, March 27, 19:00
4, rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris
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This lecture will present a newly discovered pair of screens depicting two of the most famous sites in early 17th century Kyoto, Kitano Shrine and a Kabuki theater on the Kamo Riverbank. Among the many questions that emerge from an analysis of the screens is the original location of the Kabuki theater in Kyoto, which until now has remained unclear. A "reading" of the images allows us to date them to around 1607, when the performer Izumo no Okuni led her troupe in performances in various locations in the capital. The lecture will also consider why depictions of shrine precincts and the riverbank were paired in the first place, and what their depiction may have meant to viewers at a time of political and social unrest in Kyoto.