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Film Screening of “Dream Girls” about Japan’s Famous Takarazuka, October 18, 2005

Cosponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study and the Asian/Asian American Bodies in Performance Research Collaborative,this fascinating documentary, produced by the BBC, opens a door into the spectacular world of the Takarazuka Revue, a highly successful musical theater company in Japan. Each year, thousands of girls apply to enter the male-run Takarazuka Music School. The few who are accepted endure years of a highly disciplined and reclusive existence before they can join the Revue, choosing male or female roles. Dream Girls offers compelling insight into gender and sexual identity and the contradictions experienced by Japanese women today.

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