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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 ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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2015

... [ ka- boo -ki ] A Japanese form of theatrical entertainment which is more popular than the aristocratic nō plays, and combines song, dance, and stylized gesture in a prolonged spectacle set on a low stage. Scenery and costumes are elaborate, and the female roles are all played by men. Unlike the nō actor, the kabuki performer does not make use of masks, but employs heavy make-up. Kabuki plays are usually based on well-known legends and myths . http://www.kabuki21.com Kabuki21: extensive summaries of plays, details of actors,...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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2010
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Performing arts, Dance, Music
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...Part of their popularity derived from their overtly erotic content however and this eventually led to a ban on women appearing in kabuki performances (from 1629 ) and on boys (from 1652 ). Adult male dancers thus took over the kabuki style, creating the profession of female impersonator or onnagata . This became an honoured calling for which boys, often from kabuki dynasties, would be trained from childhood. Kabuki evolved through four basic stages, the first theatrical stage that took its inspiration from historical sagas, the second that focused more on...

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Laurence Kominz

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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... nō flute and drums used in Okuni's musical ensemble. Travelling troupes created a kabuki boom that swept the country. The lawlessness and social inversion that accompanied kabuki performances led to numerous local prohibitions and finally to a national ban of women's kabuki in 1629 . Early kabuki was also performed by young men ( wakashū ), many of whom were homosexual prostitutes. When wakashū kabuki was banned in the 1650s, mature men became the main performers and kabuki began its development away from vaudeville -like performance into drama. Producers...

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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1,182 words

...*nō flute and drums used in Okuni's musical ensemble. Travelling troupes created a kabuki boom that swept the country. The lawlessness and social inversion that accompanied kabuki performances led to numerous local prohibitions and finally to a national ban of women's kabuki in 1629 . Early kabuki was also performed by young men ( wakashū ), many of whom were homosexual prostitutes. When wakashū kabuki was banned in the 1650s, mature men became the main performers and kabuki began its development away from *vaudeville -like performance into drama. Producers...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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Performing arts, Theatre
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415 words

... , the popular theatre of Japan, as opposed to the aristocratic nō play . As its name implies— ka = singing, bu = dancing, ki = acting—it combines the three main theatrical arts, allied to an astonishing virtuosity, particularly in the playing of female parts, by highly trained actors. In its present form kabuki dates from about the middle of the 17th century, though some of its elements go back a thousand years. Since 1945 the many small kabuki troupes which used to tour the countryside have been disbanded and performances are given only in...

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Kenneth Chalmers

The Oxford Companion to Music

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2011
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Music
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75 words

...kabuki . A form of Japanese theatre that originated in the Edo period ( 1603–1868 ). It is traditionally performed by males. Music is played both off stage and on: off stage, the geza ensemble of percussion, flutes, shamisen , and singer sets the mood and location, provides interludes, and performs songs which may accompany mime. A similar onstage ensemble ( debayashi ), without a singer, provides a commentary on the narrative, and accompanies dance. Kenneth...

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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46 words

... theatre Stylized mixture of dance and music, mime and vocal performance; a major form of moralizing entertainment in Japan since the mid-17th century. In contrast to No drama , which originated with the nobility, Kabuki was the theatre of the common people. See also Japanese...

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
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...Ernst, Earle . The Kabuki Theatre . New York, 1956. Halford, Aubrey S. , and Giovanna M. Halford . The Kabuki Handbook . Rutland, Vt., 1956. Kincaid, Zoë . Kabuki: The Popular Stage in Japan . New York, 1925. Leiter, Samuel L. , trans. and comp. The Art of Kabuki: Famous Plays in Performance . Westport, Conn., 1979. Leiter, Samuel L. Kabuki Encyclopedia: An English-Language Adaptation of “Kabuki Jiten.” Westport, Conn., 1979. Malm, William P. Nagauta: The Heart of Kabuki Music . Rutland, Vt., 1964. Masakatsu, Gunji . Kabuki . Translated by John...

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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... n. [ety. unknown] ( drugs ) a crack cocaine pipe made from a plastic rum bottle and a rubber sparkplug cover. 1992 T. Williams Crackhouse 150: Maserati crack pipe made from a plastic rum bottle and a rubber sparkplug cover. Also called Lamborghini and Kabuki. 2001 ONDCP Street Terms 13: Kabuki — Crack pipe made from a plastic rum bottle and a rubber sparkplug...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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... • chokey , croaky, folkie, folky, hokey, hokey-cokey, hoki, jokey, karaoke, Loki, okey-dokey, Okie, pokey, poky, smoky, trochee • adzuki , bouzouki, fluky, kabuki, kooky, pukey, saluki, spooky, Sukie, Suzuki, verrucae • bookie , cookie, hookey, hooky, nooky, rookie • netsuke • clucky , ducky, happy-go-lucky, Kentucky, lucky, mucky, plucky, yucky • bulky , sulky • chunky , clunky, flunkey, funky, hunky, junkie, junky, monkey, punky, spunky • dusky , husky, musky • synecdoche • Malachy • hillocky • bullocky • Andromache , logomachy,...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

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2002
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... noun & adjective L19 Japanese (originally (as verb) to act dissolutely; later interpreted as from ka song + bu dance + ki art, skill). (Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of) a traditional and popular form of Japanese drama with highly stylized song, mime, and dance, performed by male actors...

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2005
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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2005
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2004
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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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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Name used by seventeen generations of kabuki actors and theater managers. Dating from the early sixteenth century, the line was associated with the Nakamura-za, one of the three main kabuki ...

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