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Early Theatre: Asian Theatre Text. .. Wilson and Goldfarb. Theatre: The Lively Art , 7th edition: Chapter 12. 1. What is Asian Theatre? There is no single Asian theatre. There are a number of theatrical forms in Asia-- Sanskrit drama in India; Beijing Opera in China; Kabuki, Bunraku and Noh in Japan. Although they share several common characteristics, each theatrical form is different. 2. What is generally considered the earliest Asian Theatre? Indian Sanskrit drama dates back to the eighth century BCE, long before the birth of classical Greek tragedy. These works are some of the earliest theatrical texts. 3. What are some of common characteristics of Eastern Theatre? Eastern, or Asian, Theatre is. .. 1. Seldom "spoken." Instead it is sung, chanted, danced and mimed . 2. More visual and sensual than literary or intellectual. A Kabuki script is seen by the Japanese as a production vehicle, not a literary text. The plays are seldom read, even in Japan. 3.
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