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amateur theatre

amateur theatre  

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In Britain amateur theatre reached its height in the 19th century, when many of the best-known amateur societies were founded, among them the Old Stagers, who have given performances closely ...
anthropology, theatre

anthropology, theatre  

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A term coined by Eugenio Barba in the late 1970s which he most recently defines as ‘the study of the pre-expressive scenic behaviour upon which different genres, styles, roles and ...
Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten  

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(b Lowestoft, 1913; d Aldeburgh, 1976).Eng. composer, pianist, conductor. His birth on St Cecilia's Day, 22 Nov., was a happy augury for the career of one of Britain's greatest composers. Essentially ...
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). ...
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 ...
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 ...
gender and performance

gender and performance  

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A concern with identity politics made issues of gender fundamental to contemporary culture. The significance of gender in determining social behaviour and in defining power relations between men and ...
gigaku

gigaku  

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An ancient Japanese genre of masked dance, pantomime, and music, of a comic and often erotic nature, also sometimes known as kuregaku or in ancient times as kure no utamai ...
Gordon Bottomley

Gordon Bottomley  

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(1874–1948),poet. His first volume of poems, The Mickle Drede, appeared in 1896, and his work was included in E. Marsh's first volume of Georgian Poetry in 1912. Poems of Thirty Years (1925) show the ...
Gran Circo Teatro

Gran Circo Teatro  

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Chilean troupe founded by Andrés Pérez in 1988. Its main objective was to reach a mass audience; to this end it incorporated elements of Chilean popular culture that had been ...
hanamichi

hanamichi  

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The ‘flower path’ in Japanese, a characteristic feature of the kabuki stage, is a platform a little less than a metre wide, the same height as the stage, running from ...
Harrison Birtwistle

Harrison Birtwistle  

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(b Accrington, 1934).Eng. composer. As clarinettist, entered RMCM 1952, studying comp. with Richard Hall. While still a student was one of Manchester New Music Group (with A. Goehr, P. Maxwell Davies ...
Hōshō School

Hōshō School  

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One of Japan's five schools of nō dance-drama.OverviewThe Hōshō school claims direct descent from the Tobi-za, a fourteenth-century sarugaku troupe in Yamato (present-day Nara Prefecture). Because ...
interculturalism

interculturalism  

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One of the most controversial of contemporary performance practices, characterized at its best by a sharing and mutual borrowing of the manifestation of one theatre practice by another. At worst ...
Izumi Kyōka

Izumi Kyōka  

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(1873–1939)Japanese novelist and playwright. Starting in 1894, much of his early melodramatic fiction was adapted for the shimpa stage, but Kyōka (he was usually known by that assumed ‘art’ ...
Japan

Japan  

Japan had an enviable record for growth and prosperity, but its economic and political frailties have been exposedThough the Japanese archipelago has more than 1,000 islands, most of the territory ...
Japanese literature

Japanese literature  

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The history of Japan's literary culture since 1750 has been shaped largely by a number of important social, political, and economic transformations. The first is the emergence of a sophisticated ...
Japanese theatre

Japanese theatre  

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Various dramatic forms, including No drama, puppet theatre, and kabuki theatre. Japanese theatre descended from ritual dances, and involves music, song and dance in addition to dialogue. More modern ...
kabuki

kabuki  

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Japanese form of dance theatre dating back to the 16th century. Kabuki means song, dance, and acting, although the term originally meant shocking or strange, in reference to the form's unusual style. ...

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