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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 japanese puppet theater
Bunraku(Japanese Puppet Theater)



Bunraku stage w puppets puppeters
Bunraku Stage(w/ puppets & puppeters)


Bunraku w multiple puppets and puppeteers
Bunraku(w/ multiple puppets and puppeteers)


Bunraku puppet w puppeteers in traditional black
Bunraku Puppet(w/ puppeteers in traditional black)


Bunraku w master puppeteers omozukai visible
Bunraku(w/ master puppeteers [Omozukai] visible)



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


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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