February 12, 2011
Thursday night GG and I went over to see Eonnagata, which got its first, and so far, only scheduled U.S. staging, courtesy of Cal Performances. The title of this dance-theater hybrid comes from combining the title of Charles de Beaumont, otherwise know as the Chevalier d'Éon with onnagata- which is kind of a drag version of Kabuki theater. Beaumont was an 18th century French diplomat, military man, spy and cross-dresser. Whether his transvestism was initiated to facilitate his exploits in these various roles or was a ploy which gave him a cover to liberate an inner need or desire, I don't know. It doesn't matter- the show isn't about history- it's about identity.