Egyptology, archaeology, life in Asia, America, and the Middle East, music, thoughts, and ideas. From the perspective of an independent academic and traveller.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Bando Mitsuguro X, the star of the kabuki play I saw
Although photos aren't permitted in the Kabuki-za, I was able to find a picture online of Bando Mitsuguro X, the actor who played the lead roles in "The Six Poetic Geniuses." I love the fact that these actors take lineage names which stress their inheritance of the mantle of past masters, in this case the Bando school. Audience members enraptured with his performance kept yelling out his stage name, "Yamatoya"!
Egyptologist, archaeologist, and citizen of the world. I've been working in Egypt at the sacred site of Abydos since 1988, and now direct my own excavation, which centers on the monuments of King Ahmose (ca 1550-1525 BC). I've taught at universities, worked in museums, and travelled a lot. Right now, I'm living between New York City and Hong Kong, with lots of travel on the side. I'm interested in a lot of topics aside from ancient and modern Egypt, however, including all periods of art, art history theory, narrative, languages ancient and modern, and performing arts such as theater, puppetry, and music. Another huge fascination is the religion and culture of India- a place I have not yet visited. Life seems to hold lots of mysteries yet!