Kabuki and Banraku
Kabuki and Banraku THEA-UT 510
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Kabuki and Banraku Key Terms Kabuki- Dance heavy Japanese theatre style Kata- Specific movements of Kabuki Mie- Culmination of tension into moment of stillness in Kabuki Onnagata- Male actor that perfectly embodies femininity Hanamichi- Runway for actors that runs through the audience Banraku- Japanese puppet theatre of 17 century Class Notes Japan has long civil war o Emergence of Shogunate Development of paper money International trade Look to China Bring back Confucian values Strict class structure o Top is royalty Under is samurai Farmers, artisans, craftsmen o Merchants were bottom Some still grew wealthy o Actors outside of class structure Kabuki th o Founded in 16 century Female temple dancers Heavy in dance o Patrons are merchants Royalty forbidden Still go anyway o 1629- women forbidden to perform Said to be corrupting young samurai Taken over by young boys Eventually forbidden as well o Onnagata Male actor that can perfectly embody femininity o Chorus sings and chants o Actors have dialogue Lines all have same rhythm o Actors do specific movements Kata Conventional physicalities Vocal qualities Mie o Culmination of tension into moment of stillness Specific performance techniques Individual choices of actors o Roles have traditional costumes Costumes of same show can be from different time periods Onstage costume changes Represent character transformation Regulated after 1670 Actors kept separate from population Special laws for actors Censorship of writing o Couldn’t write about present events o Staging Hanamichi Runway for actors o Go through audience Scenery very flay Changed by stagehands in front of audience Platforms used to indicate interiors o Height of platform is status of building Actors stand against scenery Banraku th o 17 century o For middle and lower classes o Puppet theatre Start as just heads Develop later into full figures o Often tragic love stores/ warrior stores Plays deal with current events o Puppeteers need decades of training
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