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  1. 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

  2. Kabuki • Originates in late 16th century (1596) • All female performers (immediately banned) • Replaced by male performers- includes “onnagata” (female impersonator) • Primarily dance theater w/ colorful costumes • Audience – traditionally middle-class • Music – includes three different ensembles

  3. Kabuki Actors/Dancers

  4. Kabuki Dancer(note Debayashi in background)

  5. Kabuki Actor

  6. Kabuki “onnagata”

  7. Kabuki Music • Geza (off-stage) – sound effects (o-daiko, other percussion, shamisen, nohkan) • Chobo (stage left) – “narrator” (“speaker” and shamisen) • Debayashi (stage rear) – literally, the “coming out orchestra” (multiple singers, shamisens, drums, nohkan) • AoK Presentation.m4v – YouTube(Musical Instruments of the Kabuki)

  8. Nagauta (Kabuki ensemble)

  9. Nagauta (Kabuki ensemble)

  10. Shamisen

  11. Nohkan Ex. Nohkan Lesson by MEJIRO (株)目白 - YouTube

  12. Kotsuzumi Ex. KOTSUZUMI - YouTube

  13. Otsuzumi Ex. OH-TSUZUMI - YouTube

  14. Noh Drum (Taiko)

  15. Kabuki Examples • Kabuki Theatre – YouTube (overview) • Sagi Musume – YouTube (good examples w/ music) • Kabuki Dance- Bando Tamasaburo. Yamanba – YouTube • Musume Dojoji [The maiden at Dojo Temple]- Tamasaburo [FULL]. part 1 - YouTube • Musume Dojoji [The maiden at Dojo Temple]- Tamasaburo [FULL]. part 2 – YouTube • Musume Dojoji [The maiden at Dojo Temple]- Tamasaburo [FULL]. part 3 - YouTube • Musume Dojoji [The maiden at Dojo Temple]- Tamasaburo [FULL]. part 4 – YouTube • Musume Dojoji [The maiden at Dojo Temple]- Tamasaburo [FULL]. part 5 - YouTube