Ghouls, Generals and Goddesses

By on January 31, 2019
Linn Cederborg, Dansmuseet

Kabuki, Nō or Jingju? Masks, dolls and shadow game figures from Japan, China and Tibet are shown in the museum’s new exhibition, which opens on February 17, 2019.

The items in the new exhibition Ghouls, Generals and Goddesses are high-lights from the Dance Museum’s collections from Japan, China and Tibet. Here you will find models, dolls, costumes, masks and art as the founder of the museum Rolf de Maré (1888–1964) gathered during travel in Asia. In a few cases, the objects were later acquired by the museum.

The collection is unique and is now shown to visitors.
– A whole new world of dance and theater opens up when we exhibit these objects from Japan, China and Tibet. They give an insight into traditions that have lived on for centuries. Exciting theater forms such as Kabuki, Nō and Jingju get an explanation, says Eva-Sofi Ernstell, museum director.

The exhibition shows models of Kabuki and Nōtheater from Japan, a stave doll theater from China and ritual dance costumes from Tibet. Various dance and theater forms (from folk dance to dance in imperial palaces) from Japan, China and Tibet are described in text and film.

Ghouls, Generals and Goddesses open at the Dance Museum on February 17, 2019. Entrance SEK 120, free admission up to 18 years, pensioner / student SEK 80. Address: Drottninggatan 17. The exhibition is produced by the Dance Museum in collaboration with Kalle Nilsson, Christina Nygren, Christina Tengnér and Constance af Trolle.

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