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JAPANESE THEATER Asian Theater Incorporates dance, puppetry, singing more than Western theater (less text-oriented) Theatrical, nonliterary, based on ritual, non-realistic Skillful & technical use of the body Noh Theater Rigidly traditional form of Japanese drama combining music, dance, & lyrics Buddhist ritual became performance Oldest form of Asian theater Zeami elaborated & perfected 14 th c. Wrote plays about philosophical theory of theory of plays & how they were to be acted “Transmission of the Flower of Art” Philosophical meditation that says Noh is not about realistic detail, not imitations of real people, but it is meant to express beautiful & delicate essence of feeling Performed in slow, meditative way Have supernatural storyline
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Unformatted text preview: Main character is a ghost & returns to world b/c can’t give up physical material of life Bunraku Japanese puppet theater Takes 3 people to do 1 puppet Kabuki Form of popular Japanese theater combining music, dance, & dramatic scenes Melodramatic, big, loud, quick paced Dependent on choreography More romantic plots & stories Okuni 1 st Kabuki performer Danced at Buddhist temples short plays interspersed with dancing Convention Women actors banned from theater (only male actors) Uses more props, scenery, spectacle than Noh theater Main character leaves stage & walks through audience on platform to strike a pose Costume require handlers...
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