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Title: Traditional Asian Theater


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Traditional Asian Theater
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China
Peking Opera
Beijing The Peking Opera House
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  • Chinas National Opera
  • Originated in the late 18th century
  • Synthesis of music, dance, art, and acrobatics
  • Known for acrobatic fighting
  • Costumes come from Ming dynasty no matter what
    time setting.

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Make-up
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Stage set up
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Japan
Noh Theater
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Noh Theater in Japan
  • Came of age in the 14th century
  • Buddhist monks used it as a teaching tool
  • Performed on a simple, almost bare stage and like
    classical Greek tragedy, uses only two actors and
    chorus
  • Tone tends to be serious
  • Many short plays together in an evenings
    entertainment

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Zeami - the Father of Noh Theater
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Kabuki Theater
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Kabuki Theater of Japan
  • Over 400 years old
  • Originated as middle class theater
  • Actors do not speak
  • Narrator describes the scene, comments on the
    action, and even speaks portions of the dialogue

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Cont.
  • Originally performed by all female cast
  • Government forbid women on stage
  • Make-up very important
  • Melodramas centered around climactic moments as
    opposed to plots

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Bunraku
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