Colourful, wildly stylised, immense captivating fable, including animation, kabuki and butoh and collapsing sets. About a soothsayer at court who was driven to insanity by the murder of his lover and will marry her likeness. And indeed, she’s a fox in human form!
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Uchida seemed drawn at this juncture to the wells of despair and loss that pre-modern works like Takeda’s had plumbed. But he also knew how to mine the depths of these plays without losing their vivid, imaginative gloss.