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Imperial Japanese Dance (1894)

Not Rated | | Short | 5 November 1894 (USA)
A charming representation of the Mikado dance by three beautiful Japanese ladies in full costume. Very effective when colored. (from the Edison Catalog)
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Three women perform a Japanese dance, suggested by "The Mikado". Dressed in elaborate costumes, the three appear side-by-side as they dance. The two dancers at each end wave banners, while the woman in the middle twirls a fan as she dances. Written by Snow Leopard

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A must for choreographers and costume designers of The Mikado
25 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Japan had been closed to the rest of the world until about 1860, when it opened up again to foreign trade and technology. Also traditional Japanese culture was exported around the world to such places as the fair at Knightsbridge, London, which inspired WS Gilbert to write one of his greatest operettas, The Mikado in 1885. Although visiting Japanese dancers may have been exotic curiosity to Edison, for us 109 years later it is a window to a distant world. The costumes are probably more ornate than typical "Mikado" costumes, and the dancing is better than is seen on most amateur stages, with the two outer ladies perfectly together. There is an awkward moment (0:24) when the middle lady gets caught in the long twirling ribbon of the lady on the left, but they extricate themselves so deftly that it looks like an edit on first viewing.

Technically the contrast and exposure are very good, although (I imagine) it is the rough film transport that gives the film a hand-held feel. Go to the Library of Congress and have a look!


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