A dozen idols in the form of woodblock prints from the Edo period (1615-1868) from the collections will be on display, as well as examples of popular culture in the form of periodicals with contemporary Japanese stage artists in theatre and music.
In Japan , there is a long history of men playing women on the stage. The most famous examples is the Noh theatre and kabuki theatre. In kabuki onnagata actors known as women’s roles, and they can be seen on the wooden sections of the gallery. Also in Europe in the antique theatre and until the late 16th-early 17th century dominated the men on the stage.
The kabuki actor playing women make use of so-called cross-dressing. Clothing, cosmetics and body movements such as gestures are tools to play a woman on stage. This is not imitation, but about creating a new kind of beauty and power. Gender role, gender, visible just a role, a sort of playground, performance or masked.