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In the twentieth century the process of acting underwent more thorough analysis and experimentation than at any other time in the history of Western theatre. Previously, written reflections on the ...
Akimoto Matsuyo

Akimoto Matsuyo  

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(1911–2001)One of the leading women playwrights of post-war Japan, Akimoto was a student of the leftist playwright Miyoshi Jūrō (1902–58), and her debut work, A Sprinkling of Dust, was ...
audition

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Trial run by an actor seeking employment, either to display his talents in general or to demonstrate his fitness for a particular role by reading some part of it to ...
Azuma Tokuho

Azuma Tokuho  

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(Yamada Kikue; born 15 February 1909 in Tokyo), dancer and teacher. Azuma Tokuho is the daughter of kabuki actor Ichimura Uzaemon XV and Fujima Masaya, a respected member of the ...
Bandō Mitsugorō

Bandō Mitsugorō  

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Name used by nine generations of kabuki actor-dancers.Bandō Mitsugorō I(born 1745 in Osaka, died 10 April 1782 in Edo [Tokyo]) was a handsome, versatile star who specialized as ...
Bandō Tamasaburō

Bandō Tamasaburō  

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Name used by five generations of kabuki actors.Bandō Tamasaburō I(born 1812 in Edo [Tokyo], died 6 March 1855 in Edo), the line's founder, was better known as Bandō Mitsugorō V.[...]
Bandō Tamasaburō V

Bandō Tamasaburō V  

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(1950– )Japanese onnagata (female-gender role specialist) in kabuki and shimpa, and choreographer. He was adopted into the kabuki family of Morita Kanya in 1956, and Nakamura Utaemon VI, the foremost ...
biomechanics

biomechanics  

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Practice for training actors developed by Meyerhold in 1922. Deriving from mime and the commedia dell'arte, it sought to generate emotion and ‘reflex excitability’ from physical exercises.Terry ...
bunraku

bunraku  

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Sophisticated Japanese puppet theatre, which developed out of the medieval storytelling tradition of blind minstrels and was major dramatic form through Japan throughout the Tokugawa era (1600–1868). ...
butoh

butoh  

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An expressionist contemporary dance form which originated in Japan in the late 1950s. It was pioneered by choreographers such as Tatsumi Hijikata, Kazuo Ohno, and Kasai Akira. The first recorded ...
casting

casting  

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The process of selecting actors to perform roles in plays or other theatrical productions. Historically, playwrights, actor-managers, company managers, and producers have been among those who carried ...
Charles Dullin

Charles Dullin  

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(b. Yonne, France, 12 May 1885; d. Paris, 11 Dec. 1949)Actor and director. With Louis Jouvet, Dullin was the most important disciple of Copeau. He appeared at Antoine's theatre ...
Chikamatsu Hanji

Chikamatsu Hanji  

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(1725–83)Japanese playwright. The son of the philosopher Hozumi Ikan, a friend of Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Chikamatsu Hanji followed tradition in taking the name of his famous predecessor. Hanji began ...
Chikamatsu Monzaemon

Chikamatsu Monzaemon  

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(1653–1725)Japanese playwright. Born Sugimori Nobumori in Fukui, the son of relatively high-ranking samurai, he was educated in Chinese and Japanese classics. The family moved to Kyoto where ...
claque

claque  

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(Fr.).Smack, clap. Members of the audience at (usually) an opera‐house but also in the concert‐hall who are engaged by a performer, often at considerable expense, to applaud, call for encores, and ...
collectives and collective creation

collectives and collective creation  

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Organizational structure for theatre companies and creative process for devising, both emphasizing group dynamics with a non-hierarchical structure. Theatre is at its roots a community and collective ...
convention

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1. (social convention) An established understanding, standard practice, rule, or expectation widely shared by members of a culture or subculture: often implicit, taken for granted, and experienced as ...
Costume

Costume  

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The visual, kinetic, and aural attributes of costume dramatically affect the expressive qualities of dance in sub-Saharan Africa. At once a personal and social statement, African costume ranges from ...
Danjūrō family

Danjūrō family  

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The Ichikawa family, whose senior actor usually took the stage name Danjūrō, was the dominant kabuki acting family in Edo (Tokyo) from the 1690s until the twentieth century. Danjūrō I ...
Emil Orlik

Emil Orlik  

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(1870–1932)German-Czech artist and designer. Best known as a painter and graphic artist, Orlik was associated with the art nouveau movement in Munich in the 1890s. In Berlin Orlik worked ...

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