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For those of you who didn’t know, I am teaching abroad again, this time in Taiwan.  On Saturday, I was very lucky to see a Taiwanese drama called “RoseMan 玫瑰俠” in the city of Kaohsiung.  It is apparently based on a preexisting opera called “The Rose Thief,” though the Chi Chiao Opera Troupe’s rendition is described as being “more flamboyant, exploring heroes, hope, and fantasy while mixing together Western and Japanese music.”  The troupe also acknowledges the influence of Takarazuka on the production.  

The show was fantastic and a great mix of the traditional (songs were sung in the traditional Taiwanese operatic fashion) and the modern (western clothing and dance).  I was incredibly lucky to meet the star actress, Jackie Liu, after the show (cue me trying to be like a musumeyaku*), whose character was very much like Tuxedo Kamen of Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon.  A video clip of some of the show’s highlights be viewed here.

*Obviously I’m using the Japanese [Takarazuka] term for the female role player here.  ”Dan” is the broad term for the female role in Chinese Opera but I am not sure if there are different labels used in Taiwanese Opera or for productions that are less traditional.

The Otameshi Ka! Game Show featuring Takarazuka OGs that aired on 6/30 is really just Takarazuka OGs eating

ohfantine:

Sieh mich anErkennst du nicht die Kaiserin Elisabeth?

undermyblackenedsky:

schattentaenzer continuing the saga of horribly timed screen shots.

undermyblackenedsky:

schattentaenzer continuing the saga of horribly timed screen shots.

Anonymous asked: I don't know if you're the right person to ask but how accurate is annemieke's coronation dress in elisabethw

ohfantine:

I don’t know if I’m the right person to ask this to either, to be honest :3
but anyway, from the point of view of someone who doesn’t know anything about costumes I’d say it’s a pretty faithful adaptation? 
It’s obviously not an exact replica, and I don’t think an exact replica would ever actually work on stage but if you compare it to other versions of the coronation dress I think it’s safe to say this one is one of the closest to the ‘original’ [not that there’s anything wrong with having different costumes, of course]. Despite the lack of veil [is that even the right word for it?] and the fact that the skirt is much shorter [for obvious reasons] the bodice is very close to the original and so is the general cut of the dress. And even the embroideries on the skirt follow a similar pattern to the one Sissi wore
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eossimplecolours:

Yumikosan and Mizusan’s interview is available at Star File.