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School: University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Department: Theatre
Course: Intro Theatre-History
Professor: Jennifer Chapman
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: theater
Name: Classical Japan lecture notes
Description: Classical Japan
Uploaded: 10/17/2018
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background image Classical Japan: - Going to have some questions about “what is beauty” - Some Japanese guy said that after WW2, there “can be no more art”. We 
have seen the darkness within all of us. We can no longer have an art form 
that tries to simply uplift beauty. We must acknowledge our darkness. 
Japanese classical is older than Greek drama 3 types of Japanese theatre 1. Noh
2. Bunraku
3. Kabuki
Classical Japanese theatre: - Blends aristocratic and popular affiliations - Descends from social and religious traditions - Coordinates acting, music, dance, and spectacle - Has plots and characters that are derived from familiar literary and historical 
narratives and legends
- Has performance conventions that are elaborately stylized and refined. 
Japanese theatre protects classical theatre formality. Rules. Precision. Doing it
better. 
- Has performers that are often trained with a level of formality not found in 
Western theatre
What do ancient Greek theatre and classical Japanese theatre have in common? - Both have plays written in poetry - Both were performed outside - Both were part of religious and cultural traditions (Greek dithyramb)  Actors in ancient Greek theatre weren’t professional actors.  Japanese interpretation of Oedipus the King - mad about westernization of Japan - WWII - Dancing actors wearing masks. Dancing actors trained whole lives in this art 
of theatre. 
Historical context  - “classical japan”: 1192-1868 - Feudalistic society - 14 th  century: emperor secedes to a shogun (military dictator). Landowners  and ruling class are the samurai – the warrior class Noh

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Department: Theatre
Course: Intro Theatre-History
Professor: Jennifer Chapman
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: theater
Name: Classical Japan lecture notes
Description: Classical Japan
Uploaded: 10/17/2018
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