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Kabuki plays


  • Highly theatrical Japanese dance dramas that feature a non-realistic style and an episodic structure, in which the roles of both sexes are performed by men.

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    • Kabuki plays
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    • Kabuki drama
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    • Filmed kabuki plays
  • Sources

    • found: Wilson, E. The theater experience, c2004, via McGraw-Hill Higher Education online learning center, Nov. 14, 2012:glossary (Kabuki: The most eclectic and theatrical of the major forms of Japanese theater. Roles of both sexes are performed by men in a highly theatrical, nonrealistic style. Kabuki combines music, dance, and dramatic scenes with an emphasis on color and movement. The plays are long and episodic, consisting of loosely connected dramatic scenes which are often performed independently.)
    • found: Baldick, C. The Oxford dict. of literary terms, 2008(kabuki. A Japanese form of theatrical entertainment which is more popular than the aristocratic nō plays, and combines song, dance, and stylized gesture in a prolonged spectacle set on a low stage. Scenery and costumes are elaborate, and the female roles are all played by men. Unlike the nō actor, the kabuki performer does not make use of masks, but employs heavy make-up. Kabuki plays are usually based on well-known legends and myths.)
    • found: LCSH, Oct. 22, 2014(Kabuki plays)
  • General Notes

    • Highly theatrical Japanese dance dramas that feature a non-realistic style and an episodic structure, in which the roles of both sexes are performed by men.
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    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2019-01-24: revised
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