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Kabuki Theater Eleyna Lai, Akilah Barlow, Tashari Reynolds
Background • One of Japan’s traditional theatrical arts • Edo Period • Express their emotions • About 1603 a girl name Okuni began dancing and performing a style of dance by the dry river beds of Kyoto. Soon she became popular and performed in other areas. Later men (onnagote) took over and started to perform. Later it was banned for women. Since men took over they stressed more on drama than dance. • Ever since then Kabuki has been performed throughout Japan .
Acting Elements • Two major acting styles Aragoto- bombastic style of role actor exaggerates words, gestures, makeup and costumes Wagoto- realistic speech and gestures Mie- pictorial posture assuming a stare while crossing the eyes • Actors used an old fashion language which is difficult to understand even for some Japanese people • Spoke in a monotonous voice • Accompanied by traditional Japanese intstruments
Actors will paint their faces during their performance. • Red lines- passion, heroism, and other positive traits • Blue/Black- Villain and jealousy • Purple- nobility • Green- supernatural
Content • Historical Drama • Domestic Drama • Plays adapted from Noh and Kyogen Drama • Plays from puppet theater • Plays that are intended for Kabuki
Famous Playwrights • Treasure of Loyal Retainers • Yoshitsune and the Thousand of Cherry Trees • Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy
Stage • Hanamichi- flower ramp where actors enter and exits • Revolving stage • Proscenium is lower and much wider then U.S. • Curtains are usually red/brown, black, green, and cotton stripes • Trapdoors • Bridge leads through the audience
Kabuki today • Extremely popular today in Japan • Retain their pride and affection of Japanese culture • See it perform at • Kyoto • Osaka • Tokyo
Bibliography • Kabuki" in Frederic, Louis (2002). Japan Encyclopedia. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. • Frederic, Louis (2002). "Aragoto", "Wagoto". Japan Encyclopedia. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press • Kincaid, Zoe (1925). Kabuki: The Popular Stage of Japan. London: MacMillan and Co. pp21-22.