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Andrzej Wajda

Andrzej Wajda  

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(1927– )Polish film director regarded as the most important influence on contemporary Polish cinema.Born at Suwalki, the son of a cavalry officer who was killed in World War II, Wajda was himself a ...
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). ...
Chunliu She

Chunliu She  

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The Spring Willow Society, the first Chinese Western-style theatre group. In 1907 a group of Chinese students in Tokyo performed an act from The Lady of the Camellias by Dumas ...
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 ...
Edo

Edo  

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Japanese city, renamed Tokyo when it became the official capital and imperial residence in 1868. Edo was the seat of government under the Tokugawa shogunate (1603–1868), when the emperor lived ...
finance

finance  

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Theatre has always been more than a performance by people for people: someone has to pay for the activity, with cash or its equivalent in gifts of time and labour. ...
Globe reconstructions

Globe reconstructions  

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The idea of building replicas of the Elizabethan theatres started with Ludwig Tieck in Leipzig in the 1830s. Having visited London, met Edmund Malone, the first scholarly excavator of information ...
Hijikata Yoshi

Hijikata Yoshi  

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(1898–1959)Japanese director. In 1920 Hijikata met Osanai and became one of his most ardent disciples. Living in Berlin in 1922, Hijikata then fell under the influence of expressionist playwrights ...
Honshu

Honshu  

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Largest of Japan's four main islands, lying between the Sea of Japan (W) and the Pacific Ocean (E). It includes Fujiyama and Biwa-ko. It is highly industrial and has six ...
huajü

huajü  

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‘Spoken drama’, the Chinese term for Western-style drama with realistic dialogue. In 1907 in Tokyo a group of Chinese students, calling themselves Chunliu She (the Spring Willow Society), performed ...
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 ...
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. ...
Kim U-jin

Kim U-jin  

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(1897–1926)Korean director, producer, theorist, and playwright. Despite his brief career, Kim had a remarkable influence upon modern theatre in Korea, writing five plays, numerous essays on Western ...
Kyoto

Kyoto  

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A city in Japan known for the quantity of famous old Buddhist temples and monuments. During the Heian period, it was the capital city (called Heian at the time), and remained the centre of the ...
Namiki Sōsuke

Namiki Sōsuke  

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(1695–1751)Japanese dramatist, a Buddhist priest before becoming a playwright at the Toyotake-za puppet theatre in Osaka. He produced about 47 bunraku and ten kabuki plays, most written in ...
Ninagawa Yukio

Ninagawa Yukio  

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(1936– ),internationally acclaimed Japanese director. He was active in student theatre in the 1960s, founding the avant-garde troupe Modern Man's Theatre in 1969. In 1974 he moved into mainstream ...
Nissei Theatre

Nissei Theatre  

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One of the major theatres in Tokyo for productions of opera, musicals, and contemporary drama. Opened by the Nippon Life Insurance Corporation in 1963 and managed by the Nissei Cultural ...
Noda Hideki

Noda Hideki  

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(1955– )Japanese playwright, director, and actor. In 1976 he established his own theatre company, Yume no Yuminsha (Dream Idlers), while still an undergraduate at Tokyo University. With their ...
Nomura Manzō VI

Nomura Manzō VI  

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(1898–1978)*Kyōgen actor of the Izumi school. The eldest son of Nomura Manzō V, Manzō VI succeeded to the Nomura family headship in 1922 (Nomura Manzō I was active in ...
Osanai Kaoru

Osanai Kaoru  

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(1881–1928)Japanese playwright and director. Along with Tsubouchi Shōyō, Osanai took a strong interest in introducing concepts of modern Western theatre and performance into Japan (see shingeki). ...

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