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Asian Theatre
Elements of Eastern TheatreStrong emphasis on storytelling & mythsFocus on the actor’s performance Not the story’s plot or set designA synthesis of dance, chant, song, acting, movement & live musical instrumentation on stage.Never just spoken dialogueHighly stylized(nonrealistic)Costumes, makeup, speech, & movement Requires careful, precise, formal gestures
Traditional Chinese TheatreOver 2,000 years old714 CE: Emperor created first school of the arts in China, The Pear GardenXiqu: “tuneful theatre”/ “clapper opera”More sung than spoken
Traditional Chinese TheatreBeijing Opera:a synthesis of singing, dance, stylized gesture, music, & especiallyacrobatics & martial arts. Most popular form of xiqu today (started 1790)
Traditional Chinese TheatrePainted face roles: supernaturalbeings & other powerful characters whose makeup symbolizes certain character traitsAlways male
Traditional Japanese TheatreJapanese theatre can be divided into 3 forms:1. Noh2. Kabuki3. Bunraku

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