Invitation to Kabuki - Guidance for Kabuki appreciation
Expression in Kabuki
Expression of roles
Exaggeration and stylization of costumes, makeup, props and acting in Kabuki developed in order to clearly express "Sono yaku rashisa" (looks like that role), as explained here.
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Expression of scenes
The expression of "Sono bamen rashisa" (looks the way that scene should) is explained regarding various aspects such as distinctive features of the stylization of stage settings, actual examples of scene expressions, and dramatic techniques for Makugire (end of act).
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Expression by actors
In Kabuki, the expression, "Sono haiyu rashisa" (looks like that actor), refers to the unique characteristics of an actor by which the family line of that actor and the individual actor himself are made more noticeable. Expressions emphasizing the presence of these actors are explained here.
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Distinctive expressions
Here, among the dramatic techniques peculiar to Kabuki and matters that have become settled from the viewpoint of expression, representative and distinctive techniques are explained.
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Expression by sounds
Various sounds are expressed on stage, ranging from the Geza-ongaku (sound and music played in the Geza [behind a black bamboo curtain at the stage-right corner]), to accompaniments including Nagauta, Ki and Tsuke (clappers).
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