Scene from Macbeth, Kabuki-Style
Description:In this scene from Shakespeare, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are plotting the murder of Duncan. Chicago actors Michael Goldberg and Barbara Robertson perform the two roles. Shozo Sato staged this adaptation.
- Identify and analyze elements of production and performance.
- Introduce characteristics of Kabuki theater for students to identify and analyze, focusing on how diverse cultures, periods, and styles affect drama or how Kabuki is a reflection of Japanese culture and tradition.
- Compare/contrast Kabuki theater to Western theater.
- Analyze Kabuki as a collaborative art form involving the visual arts, dance, music, and drama.
- Analyze the function and meaning of Kabuki makeup, fan movements, vocalization, and acting styles as described in the appropriate segments and applied to the Macbeth performance.
- Pair with the Hamlet scene on the Performance Excerpts videotape/DVD to compare and contrast characteristics of Shakespearean and Kabuki drama.
- Use as a writing prompt, along with the Responding to Drama guide, to analyze and evaluate the scene from Macbeth performed Kabuki-style.
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See the Kabuki in the Classroom guide in the Drama Arts Toolkit binder.