"KABUKI LION Shi-Shi-O: The Adventures of the Mythical Lion" performed in the David Copperfield Theater at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, May 3-7, 2016. The production, which combined the longtime Japanese tradition of Kabuki with high-tech production elements, left audiences spellbound and received a standing ovation from guests on its opening night. Produced by Shochiku and presented by Panasonic, "KABUKI LION Shi-Shi-O: The Adventures of the Mythical Lion" was part of the Las Vegas Japan Kabuki Festival 2016.
The coming-of-age tale told the story of Shi-Shi-O, a devout Buddhist who sent his children on a mission to defeat a mythical creature and retrieve a sacred sword that had been stolen from Monju, the deity of spiritual wisdom. To do so, the brothers descended from a stone bridge and into the netherworld, where they faced trials and tribulations that also served as rites of passage.
Originating in the early 17th century, Kabuki combines three Japanese words, "ka" - signifying song, "bu" - dance and "ki" - skill. The art form is known for its stunning presentation, dynamic fight scenes, masterful choreography and the unique "onnagata" - male actors who impersonate women in Kabuki theatre.
"KABUKI LION Shi-Shi-O: The Adventures of the Mythical Lion" brought together Panasonic and the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation to create a high-tech, full-feature production inside the David Copperfield Theater.
PHOTOS Credit: © Shochiku Co., Ltd.