The Drama And The Performance Background Of Japanese Theatre

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In the following essay I will illustrate the story of Kabuki by discussing, the drama and the performance background of Japanese theatre. At first, Kabuki was the theatrical art that developed during the Tokugawa period between 1600 and 1868. However, Kabuki is one of the four great art forms of Japanese theatre and is more accurately considered as the ' 'Traditional stage art of Japan ' ', (Inoura and Kawatake 2006, p. 133). In the early 17th century, the origins of Kabuki were in the songs and dances of a woman named Okuni. Okuni Kabuki was the earliest dramatic amusement that was designed to entertain the ordinary people in Japan. The aesthetic spirit of the dances proved to be too unruly for the government and in 1629 forbid the women of Japan from performing. Older men undertook the roles of the women, developing into an appearance entirely of men entertainment that has passed until today. By the early 18th century, Kabuki became a standard art form that was in a place of a serious, dramatic performance of truly moving situations. However, Kabuki became the people’s theatre and gave a bright commentary on contemporary society, (Inoura and Kawatake 2006, p. 217-222). Regarding to the play, Kabuki creates a contrast flanked by the historical and the domestic play. The program of Kabuki usually presents them in that order, split by one or two dances plays that characterized by ghosts, and further exotic creatures. At the end, there is an energetic dance piece
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