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Kabuki Makeup



As he applies makeup to actor Michael Goldberg, Shozo Sato talks about how makeup is applied and how colors and lines help suggest character. Goldberg portrays Macbeth in the Shakespeare scene performed Kabuki-style.

Suggested Uses:

  • Analyze the function and meaning of Kabuki makeup.
  • 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 to the stock characters of commedia dell’arte or the use of masks in Greek theater.

For more information:

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See the Kabuki in the Classroom guide in the Drama Arts Toolkit binder.


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