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What Is Kabuki?



Shozo Sato, Kabuki master, provides an overview of Kabuki, pointing out major characteristics (such as male actors, stylized acting, audience) and distinguishing it from Noh theater, the other classical Japanese theatrical style.

Suggested Uses:

  • Identify 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 with Western theater and/or with Elizabethan theater.
  • Use as a prompt for researching Japanese cultural history.

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


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