Asian History

By: Dalys howard

Describe a theatre space.

The kabuki theatre uses a great deal of scenery, it remains relatively unchanged, it is also much wider and lower than most other stages. Noh’s theatre is like a temple with 18 foot square extending into the audience, the square is supported by four wooden pillars. The Banraku stage is very large and also very tall. The Peking opera stage is modeled on the shape of the covered porches of the temples where the earliest of the dramas were performed.

Did the actors wear masks?

Noh: Major actors wear carved wooden masks.

Banraku: Wore gauze masks that tell the audience to regard them as invisible.

Kabuki: Did not wear masks.

Peking opera: Very detailed and precise artwork on the masks to show the character.

Describe what they looked like. If not, what did the make up look like?

Peking opera: They wore makeup that was white and other colors added in layers to add detail.

kabuki: Wore boldly colorful make up to exagerate the muscular faces of the actors.

Banraku: no make up.

Noh: wore make up that meant something based on color

Describe the costumes.

Kabuki- costumes were recognized as the most lavish and extravagant in the world. Basic costume was a kimono floor length robe with long flowing sleeves. elaborate embroidery with very brilliant colors. They used up to date costumes. Borrow popular Japanese aspects.

Peking Opera- Stylized to represent traditional characters and social classes throughout Chinese history.

Bunraku- People who controlled the puppets were dressed in black so only the puppets had the attention. They wear all black so they com across “invisible”.

Noh- Classical Japanese, colorful costumes, embroidered silk, red mik young, if there was red on silk, they were young, if there wasn’t red, that meant they were older.

What kinds of plays did they perform? What were some of the important plays of the time period? Describe.

There are 4 different kinds of theater the first one is kabuki it is kind of like Noh Kabuki means least pure but it resembles an american musical. The 2nd one is noh it is a kind of play where people put on masks and dance. The 3rd one is bunraku this play uses very decorative puppets that need to be held by 3 men. peking opera is the 4th it had music and drama and is sort of like a ballet. it includes dances music and makeup.

Describe the types of actors. Who were some of the influential actors?

KABUKI-The actors are very hyper on stage. at one point in time, most of the actors were women. then, in 1629, shogun made women banned from performing on stage. after their ban was lifted, there was no need for women to perform. the men had found a way to play all of the characters… even the female roles.

Noh- Three major Noh roles exist: the principal actor, or shite; the subordinate actor, or waki; and the kyōgen actors, one of whom is often involved in Noh plays as a narrator.

peking opera-Men played most roles included, chanting,singing, and musical accompaniment.

banraku- Wear full black. they try to be invisible so that they can make their gigantic puppets come alive.

What were some of the most important playwrights during this time period and why they were important?

The important playwrights were the Chikamatsu Monzaemo and the Takedo Izumo.

How does theatre from your time period affect theatre, TV, and movies today? How does theatre reflect your time period

Noh plays haven’t been changed even to this day. all plays have only been changed slightly performed like it was over 600 years ago.

Kabuki is one of the most loved types of eastern theatre And is performed today even though Kabuki plays took ideas from noh and other types of theatre. Except for flying machineary, electric lighting, and prosterum arch, nothing has changed.

peking opera both men and women appear on stage. remains the dominate style of theatre.

banraku still, only men take charge of the puppets.everything else has stayed the same.

What was theater like during your time period? What was important/new/changed?

The Kabuki drama has changed a lot the changes were Improved Sketches, and better dance performance.

Kabuki: is a classical Japanese dance-drama. Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers.

Noh:Noh drama is the oldest surviving form of Japanese theater.

pekking oprea: a stylized Chinese form of opera dating from the late 18th century, in which speech, singing, mime, and acrobatics are performed to an instrumental accompaniment.

bunraku: Bunraku, also known as Ningyō jōruri, is a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre, founded in Osaka in 1684.