"Rough style." An exaggerated style fo costume in which the actor is made to look larger than life.
A pair of musicians kneeling on stage right: one is a narrator and the other one accompanies him on the shamisen.
The "coming-out orchestra" of onstage singers and shamisen players who kneel on a platform at the back of the stage. Used to accompany the nagauta. It consists of the Noh hayashi and shamisen.
Slow motion pantomime.
Refers to all onstage musicians and to all orchestras other than the Debayashi.
A mnemonic device used by Kabuki drummers.
The instrumental ensemble in a room offstage left, providing background music and sound effects. The musicians follow the action on stage by peering through slits in a door.
The "flower way." An elevated walkway extending from the stage to the back of the auditorium through the audience.
An instrumental ensemble (nokan, o-tzuzumi, ko-tzutzumi, and taiko) which originally accompanied Noh Drama and later formed part of the Nagauta ensemble. They kneel in front of the debayashi platform at upstage center.
The clapping of wooden sticks ("ki"), announcing the start and ending of the drama.
Ichikawa Danguro I (1659-1704)
One of the creators of modern Kabuki.
"18 favorite Kabuki plays." A collection by Ichikawa Danjuro VII (1791-1859) from the best plays performed by the Ichikawa family. They can only be performed with permission of the family and all performers must wear the family crest. Few are performed today.
The principal Kabuki theater in Tokyo.
Kanjincho ("The subscription list")
The most famous of the Juhachiban plays. Chief characters are Minamoto Yoshitsune, a prince of tghe Genji clan, and his faithful warrior-priest Benkei. Minamoto flees the wrath of his brother. Disguised and by skillful deception, Minamoto and Benkei escape execution. Consisting of a single scene, the play employs the Noh set and nagauta orchestra (debayashi).
Exaggerated style fo make-up in which character is revealed through color schemes.
Stagehands dressed in black who assist actors on stage. Kurogo are treated as if they are invisible to the audience.
The revolving stage.
A halt in action to strike an exaggerated pose.
"Long song." A kind of vocal music featuring soloists and chorus accompanied by shamisen ensemble and the Hayashi.
The greatest Onnagata now living.
An actor in the Kabuki theater who specializes in playing female characters.
One of the Juhachiban first performed in 1713. It tells the story of Sukuroku, a sort of Japanese Robin Hood.
Offstage striking of a pair of clappers (ki) against a wooden board to accompany an exaggerated pose, running, or to heighten a tense atmosphere.