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11 terms

Traditional Japanese Theatre

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Noh
Roots in religious ritual; subjects from myth and legend; stylized movement; men are masked, playing both male and female parts; a typical noh performance consists of five noh plays interspersed with shorter, humorous kyōgen pieces
Yugen
An important part of Japanese aesthetics; the gentle gracefulness, fagility of life; beauty lies in suggestion, simplicity, subtlety, restraint
Kanami
(1333-1384); an innovator of the noh form; favorite of the Ashikaga shogun; combined earlier forms with Buddhist ideals; father of Zeami; co-creator of the noh drama in its present form
Zeami
The greatest playwright and theorist of the Japanese noh theatre; son of Kanami; co-creator of the noh drama in its present form
Hashigakari
The narrow bridge to the right of the stage that the principal actors use to enter the stage in the noh theatre
Kata
Detailed choreographed patterns of movements practiced either solo or in pairs
Kabuki
Highly stylized classical Japanese dance-drama
Hanamichi
An extra stage section used in Japanese kabuki theater; a long, raised platform that runs, left of center, from the back of the theater, through the audience, to connect with the main stage
Onnagata
Male actors who impersonate women in Japanese kabuki theatre
Mie
A picturesque pose to held by an actor to establish his character
Banraku
A form of traditional Japanese puppet theater, founded in Osaka in 1684