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Essay on Kabuki Theatre

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To what extent does stage design impact, influence, and enhance a traditional Kabuki theatre performance, more specifically, in the eighteenth century play Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees) written by Takeda Izumo II, Namiki Senryû I, and Miyoshi Shôraku?

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Subject of Essay………………………………...………………………………..………Page 3-10 * Introduction……………………………………….....………………………………Page 3 * Kabuki and Kabuki History……………………………………….....……………Page 3-4 * Aspects of Stage Design………………………………………………...……...…Page 4-6 * Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura and Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura History…………..…Page
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This can be seen in Figure 2, which states “The kabuki stage is equipped with various mechanical contrivances for dramatic effect. One of these is the Seri, a platform that can be raised and lowered from below the stage to make actors appear and disappear Nowadays, this is motor-driven.”
Figure 2 was a much earlier depiction of the stage, now it is much more intricate. There are over fifteen aspects to the stage that make it unique to Kabuki theatre. Each one holds an important aspect. It is more in-depth in Figure 3. Primarily, when starting from the top left and working the way down comes the mawaributal, which is known as the revolving stage. The mawaributal used to be operated only using human power and provide for simple scene changes by simply revolving the center section of the stage. Not only does it allow all of the audience to view the scene it is also much more appealing then abrupt scene changes. Then comes the Hombutai and two Daijin-bashiras, the Daijin-bashiras are two black pillars on both stage left and stage right and between them like the Hombutai, which is the stage prop. Stage right is the Shimote, which holds the left side of the audience and stage left is called the Kamite and there sits the right side of the audience. Audience’s sit all over the stage because of all the different places acting takes place. There is a little box in front of the Shimote called the Kuromisu, also known as the Geza and here Nagauta is sung in
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