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Kabuki Makeup and Costumes

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Autumn Nobles

on 12 October 2012

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Transcript of Kabuki Makeup and Costumes

Kabuki History -started by shrine dancer Okuni at Kyoto mixed folk dance and religious dance Makeup -certain colors that indicate the age, male or female, and social class of each character Costumes -Kabuki costumes are really heavy and are discarded after each theatre run
because the bright lights and sweat ruin them.
-Female characters wear kimono and obi.
Straight curveless figures are regarded as the height of beauty
so the costumes often have a supported midriff Kabuki -17th century,there was a revolution among the Japanese commoners that sparked a new form of theater called kabuki. -originally all women, but switched to men later on -actor applies white makeup, oshiroi, over a coat of wax. -
white makeup is used because before there was electricity, the white makeup made it easier for the audience to see them -outline the face and eyes with red and black lines which are done differently for male and female characters.
-Supernatural heroes or villians use a special kind of makeup called kumadori. The makeup is made of dramatic lines and shapes with different colors that represent certain qualities. - special teams take care of complete and partial costume changes. Sometimes these are done as part of the performances.
-Wigs are essential accessories, with each costume having its own type. Specialized craftsmen shape the wigs to the head, maintain them and prepare them for each performance. Some craftsmen specialize in wigs for a certain kind of character. Most wigs are made of human hair but some are made of horse hair, bear fur, or yak-tail hair imported from Tibet. In the old days some wigs were made by painstakingly sewing on one hair at a time. -They cover the faces, necks and hands with white paint and have red painted around their eyes and their lips.
-The cross-eye expression of the mie pose is intended to indicate intense emotion. Bibliography

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