Chap10 - Chapter 10: Asian and African Theatre Theatre...

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Chapter 10: Asian and African Theatre Theatre varies widely from one culture and location to another This chapter examines theatrical practices in: Asia: Japan Africa: Nigeria
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Theatre In Japan During the time of the religious cycle plays in Europe, a very different kind of theatre existed in Japan Noh Theatre Significant developments began around 1375 Kiyotsuga Kan’ami and his son Zeami Motokiyo as primary figures associated with Noh
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Noh Theatre Zeami = Greatest of Noh dramatists; wrote more than 100 of the 250 plays that still make up active Noh repertory Defined Noh’s goals and conventions Plays still performed today, much as they were when written Noh Theatre as a product of the 14 th through 16 th centuries
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Noh Theatre Noh’s development influenced by Zen Buddhist beliefs : Ultimate peace comes through union with all being Individual desire must be overcome Nothing in earthly life is permanent Plays categorized by principal character into 5 types: 1. God plays 2. Warrior plays 3. Women plays 4. Madness plays 5. Demon plays
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Noh Theatre Scripts: Length = short (often shorter than a Western one-act play) Do not emphasize storytelling Dialogue functions to outline circumstances that lead up to and culminate in final dance Musical dance-drama; most lines sung or intoned Performers: 3 groups: actors, chorus, musicians Train from childhood; devote 20+ years to perfecting craft 5 hereditary schools since 15 th century; family business Musical dance-drama; most lines sung or intoned All performers are male
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Chap10 - Chapter 10: Asian and African Theatre Theatre...

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