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1 Kabuki Theatre History Traditional Roles Play Structure Contemporary Kabuki

2 “Letters to draw in customers”

3 History Began in early 17 th century Okuni- Miko of Shinto Shrine New style of dance Instant popularity Ensemble dance drama The Art of Singing and Dancing “Performers as prostitutes” Performers Female groups only After 1653 Male groups only

4 Kabuki Theatre- circa 1860

5 Traditional Roles Onnagata Female character Played by young men Aragoto Domineering male character Plays are full of action Wagoto Affable male character Plays are often tragic romances

6 Onnagata (Onnagata) Female characters played by men

7 Aragoto (Aragoto) Powerful presence Rough character Greatly exaggerated Words Movements Costumes Make-up

8 Wagoto (Wagoto) Soft style Tragic romantic Realistic Speech Mannerisms Costumes Make-up

9 Play Structure (jo-ha-ky ū )- All things done at a specified pacejo-ha-ky ū Act 1 jojo Very slow pace Introduces characters and plot Acts 2 – 4 haha Pace steadily increases Battle in acts 2 or 4 Great moment of drama or tragedy (culminating moment) Act 5 kyūkyū Very quick pace Satisfying conclusion

10 Bit players provide music, sound effects and incidental roles.

11 Contemporary Kabuki Theatre

12 Contemporary Kabuki Traditional roles changing Dance is coming back Women can perform again Permanent Kabuki troupe in Australia East meets West Kabuki troupes tour UK and Australia Shakespeare Contemporary Western theatre

13 Macbeth- Preparing to kill Duncan


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