As a student of Japanese anthropology in my free time (and you thought it was all beer and concerts!) I was fascinated by Gordon's simple approach to explaining his art to an audience completely unfamiliar with it. He disolved the mystery behind the techniques and aesthetic with humor without degrading the elegance and traditionalism inherent in Kabuki.
Gordon's performance encompassed all aspects of what ancient Indian philosopher Bharata Muni described in his Nātyaśāstra as rasa. (I know, mixing cultures here but Muni's is the best performing arts theory I've ever come across.) To achieve this state of emotion in an audience the performer must reach eight emotions within his audience: love/eroticism, comic, pathos, fury, heroism, horror, odiousness, wonder and a ninth added later by Abhinavagupta, tranquility. Through his funny stories, cultural screw ups, outsider status and the passing of tests Gordon allowed the audience to wander through these nine states with a fluidity rarely found in Western theater.
By the way, if you find this $95 fan beautiful you should see the $7K one Gordon brought out during his performance. Japan is known for its aesthetics and its no wonder the place is so damn expensive!
The Revolutions fest continues, albiet down in Albuquerqe, until the 31st. Ride the Rail Runner down for the early shows or heck, stay the night and check out a late one and an early one the next day. Click here for Revolutions' schedule.