The Dance of Angels who Burn Their Wings

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A combined "collaged" advertisement for the musical "Tsubasa o Moyasu . . . " and the magazine "Concerned Theatre Japan" in the style of a newspaper. Six articles on the poster are visions and memories concerning theatre written by the members of the Kokushoku Tent. Articles in black and white Japanese characters over orange, green, gray, and white images. Central frame (from "Communication Plan #1) is surrounded by articles on the play, the troupe, and past productions. At bottom left, the artist's reproduction of the new Black Tent Theatre. Ads for the troupe's Japanese- and English-language magazines are at center of bottom half. At upper left, photograph of playwright/director Satoh Makota. At upper right, photographs of 34 Japanese men and women (the actors). Superimposed over the articles is the image of a suicidal warrior from 19th century painting by Ekin. (from David Goodman, Japanese Drama and Culture in the 1960s, M.E. Sharpe, 1988, as cited in label in exhibition "Concerned Theatre Japan: the Graphic Art of Japanese Theatre 1960-1980" organized by Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, shown at American Institute of Grapic Arts, New York, June 24 - August 22, 1998.)
Kôga Hirano, Japanese, b. Seoul, South Korea, 1938
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Gift of Koga Hirano
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