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Traditional Japanese Theatre: Noh and Kabuki

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Noé Valenzuela

on 27 March 2013

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Transcript of Traditional Japanese Theatre: Noh and Kabuki

Noh Dress and Stagecraft Noh Theater Noh focuses on the telling of a story through music. Different forms of drama Noh and Kabuki are the two most popular forms traditional Japanese theater. While both are forms of storytelling, and emphasize drama, they convey it in different ways. Similarities Both Noh and Kabuki are forms of drama; they are meant to tell a story and entertain. Both being traditional forms of theater, the themes they address are often related to medieval Japanese society, and the characters are dressed to look like people form that era. They are both enjoyed by people all across Japan and honored as a tradition. Kabuki Dress and Stagecraft Kabuki actors also dress traditionally, though their masks or makeup are more colorful and may involve a preset expression. Stages are usually narrow, though there can be an immersion factor thanks to the walkway, which is also used as part of the stage. Kabuki Theater Kabuki focuses on the telling of a story through the use of dance, acting, and posing. Noh and Kabuki Traditional Japanese Theatre Portion of a Noh play. Note the use of music at the beginning. Example of a kabuki play at a school. Though these are not professionals, they emphasize the kabuki element of striking poses to convey a tone to the audience. Noh theater involves traditional Japanese dress and usually lifelike, somewhat realistic faces whether it be makeup or mask. The stage involves performers at the center, musicians and stage hands in the background, and, if the play calls for it, a chorus at the side. Kabuki Noh
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