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 1603-1629 Female groups only After 1653 Male groups only
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
Bit players provide music, sound effects and incidental roles.
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
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