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Japanese theatre

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on 31 January 2013

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Japanese Theatre Introduction Description Japanese theatre is a very cultural form of entertainment. It can be anything from plays to puppet theatre. There are four main types of theatre in Japan, but there is one other play that is directed at younger people. Shi-gekijo. This form of entertainment can be quite long, most take one full day, but each visit to a play has about five different stories included in it. Bunraku Bunraku, is a form of theatre that
uses puppets. The puppeteers dress completely in black, and can be seen
by the audience. It is comon in Bunraku
stories, for there to be lots of singing and chanting. There is live music included in
these performances. Noh and kyogen Noh, also known as Nogaku, is a form of musical drama. The Japanese started performing Noh in the fourteenth century. Noh used to be meant for people in the upper class, but is now open to all viewers. Noh has very traditional and formal plays. Kyogen is presented alongside Noh. It is sometimes shown in the intermissions of Noh, on the same stage. Kyogen is a comedy, and it's goal is to make the audience laugh. This means "Little plays". This form of theatre is meant for all ages. Numbers of school groups are taken here to see a play over Kabuki or any of the other plays. The content of other theatre groups is too mature for school children to be taken to. Shi-Gekijo can be either puppet stories or plays. History Conclusion kabuki Kabuki is the most popular and well known
theatre attraction in Japan today. It is known for it's swords fights and imaginative costumes. Geshias, a traditional Japanese entertainer, are in lots of kabuki plays too. Kabuki had used real swords in their plays until the 1615s. Around 1615-1868, people dressed and acted like Kabuki actors. The reason they did this was because they were so amazed by the acting. There are few Japanese theatre groups that do dance, music and drama in one show. Shi-Gekijo FUN FACT:
The unique part of Kyogen plays is that the actors do not wear masks. Unlike most Japanese theatre groups. The only time an actor from Kyogen would wear a mask is if a character needs to transform to a different person. Bibliography Wikipedia I used this site to find information on the four main types of Japanese theatre. (Noh, Kyogen, Bunraku and Kabuki.) I also used it to find out what Shi-Gekijo means. Japan Guide I used the site"Japan guide"
get some information on
the history of Japanese
theatre. Facts about Japan I used facts about Japan
to learn about Noh and Kyogen
I learned the history and about
the costumes from this site Theatre is a very big part of Japanese culture. It has been
part of Japan for many years,
and each form of theatre is unique and different. There are four main types of Japanese theatre, Bunraku, Noh, Kyogen and Kabuki. The first form of Japanese theatre
was Kabuki, created around the 1690s.
Theatre was very popular then and still
is now. They have tried to ressurect the wonderful plays from the past, but had to change them a bit to please the modern audiences. I have learned that Japanese traditions and
culture are past down to new generations through theatre. The Japanese seemed to mix live performances with painted backdrops, and often used puppetry and live music. Presentation is obviously very important to them. The colourful costumes and precise make-up added to the wonderful plays. I think the Japanese are very proud people. I have learned a lot about these five
different types of theatre. I think it is a
very interesting subject. I never
thought of theatre being such a big
part of Japanese culture. Japanese
theatre is a true reflection of the very
traditional Japanese culture and proud
heritage. By Japanese theatre By Mayer Immoos It helped with collecting
on kabuki. Four geshias performing in a Kabuki show. Bunraku puppet and two puppeteers. Kabuki actor preparing for a sword fight. Japan Canada What have I learned? - Very old traditions with a focus
on their ancient culture.

- The use of puppetry is widespread.

- Heavy makeup and traditional dress
is key and have remained the same
over many years. Comparing to Canada - More modern story lines and diverse
ideas because of being such a young and multicultural country.

- The use of more actors replace the puppet
characters of Japan.

- Costumes and makeup reflect the story line and setting of the performances. The painted faces of Japanese theatre The extravagant makeup artistry
transforms the actors into something imaginative and unpredictable. The faces
are painted by following the expressions and natural features of the actors. A Noh stage.
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