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Drama 116 Lecture 11

Drama 116 Lecture 11 - Asian theater Relied on dance more...

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Asian theater Relied on dance more than western drama Emphasized symbolism Total theater= an integration of acting, mime, dance, music, text 1608-1868 isolated from western world Tokugawa period Christianity outlawed peace brings prosperity Joruri (puppet) plays chikamatsu - greatest playwright wrote for puppet and kabuki theater puppet plays are about middle class suffering and emotional longing suicide plays were banned large puppets were 2/3 life size Kabuki theater Started when female dancer began to give public performances Originally performed by women by women were banned in 1629 Female impersonators took over Music- shamisen who established rhythms of speech and stimulated the emotions of audience Kabuki performer
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Elaborate makeuo Brilliant costumes Narrated stories about contemporary life Golden Age of Spanish Drama Spain Secular drama and religious drama developed side by side Dramatists Lope De Vega- wrote 1200 plays Most are shiort Pedro Calderon - Life is a dream Philosophical and poetic dialogue
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