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Friendly Reminders. No Class Meeting on Wednesday (2 April 2014) Test # 2 to be announced later this week (Friday). Japanese Theater. Kabuki – Traditional Theater (popular) Exs. Kabuki – YouTube (a good introduction) Centre Stage: Kabuki – YouTube (overview)

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friendly reminders

Friendly Reminders

No Class Meeting on Wednesday(2 April 2014)

Test # 2 to be announced later this week (Friday)

japanese theater
Japanese Theater
  • Kabuki – Traditional Theater (popular)Exs. Kabuki – YouTube (a good introduction)Centre Stage: Kabuki – YouTube (overview)
  • Bunraku – Puppet TheaterEx. YouTube - Bunraku theater in Osaka
  • Noh – Traditional Theater (elitist)Ex. Noh Theatre - YouTube
bunraku
Bunraku
  • Oldest theater tradition (roots in Heian period)
  • Originates in late 17th century (joins 2 traditions)- traveling story-tellers w/ Biwa accompaniment- traveling puppeteers
  • 1st Bunraku theater – 1684 in Osaka
  • Plays about “ordinary” people- stories of merchant class (Osaka - merchant city)- stories of Shinju (“love suicides”, often factual)
  • Audience – traditionally middle-class
  • Life-like puppets and “realistic” stories
bunraku music chobo
Bunraku Music (“Chobo”)
  • Visible at side of stage
  • Narrator (“Tayu”)- “speaker” in pitched tones
  • Shamisen
bunraku on youtube
Bunraku on YouTube
  • YouTube - Bunraku - Classical Japanese puppet art - Screener
  • YouTube - Bunraku Demonstration Male Head
  • YouTube - Bunraku Demo @ Gion Corner
  • YouTube - Japanese Bunraku puppets
  • YouTube - Bunraku theater in Osaka
  • YouTube - Bunraku at the Gion Corner
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Noh
  • Most elite and stylized Japanese theater
  • Associated primarily w/ Warrior class (samuri)
  • Developed c. 1192-1333 (Kamakura period)
  • Formalized c. 1300s (Kannami Kiyotsugu)- intended to make popular forms more serious
  • Strong Buddhist element- denial of self ends suffering (transcendence)- ritual focuses attention
noh 2
Noh (2)
  • Minimalist aesthetic (less is more)
  • Very stylized acting technique- not naturalistic- small motions signify major events
  • Use of masks (course web site for examples)
  • Music – Hayashi (fixed Noh ensemble)- 3 drums- flute
noh theater on youtube
Noh Theater on YouTube
  • Noh - YouTube
  • YouTube - Noh Theatre
  • YouTube - Noh Play - Osaka, Japan - July 2006
  • YouTube - Noh Play "Tamura“
  • Atsumori-the dance.mp4 - YouTube
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