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The Japanese Theatre : From Shamanistic Ritual to Contemporary Pluralism - Benito Ortolani

The Japanese Theatre

From Shamanistic Ritual to Contemporary Pluralism

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Published: 9th March 1995
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Widely recognized as the standard history of Japanese theatre for Western readers, this work by Benito Ortolani is now available for the first time in paperback. From ancient folk and ritual performances to modern dance theatre, it provides concise summaries about each major theatrical form, situating the genre in its particular social, political, and cultural contexts and integrating a vast array of detail on such topics as staging, costuming, masks and properties, repertory, acting techniques, and noteworthy actors. Complete with illustrations and an extensive bibliography, this book serves undergraduates and specialists both as a reference and as a cultural history of Japan seen from the perspective of the performing arts.

"The reader will find no fuller and more informed account of the complexities of Japanese theatre history and of the cultural matrices from which Japan's various theatre forms grew, than in this admirable scholarly work."--James R. Brandon, Monumenta Nipponica "The book represents the summation of a lifetime's work by a meticulous teacher and scholar whose fascination with his subject now allows him to share his knowledge, and his enthusiasms, with a larger audience."--J. Thomas Rimer, Asian Theatre Journal

Preface to the Revised Edition
Introduction Periods in Japanese History
The Beginnings Jomon Period (-ca. 250 B.C.)
Yayoi Period (ca. 250 B.C.-ca. 300 A.D.)
Kofun Period (ca. 300 A.D.-710 A.D.)
The Haniwa Kojiki and Nihongi (Eighth Century)
Uzume's Trance Umisachi's Pantomime Utagaki "Indigenous" versus "Imported"
Kagura
The Word Kagura Use of the Name Kagura
Division of Kagura Mikagura Satokagura
Gigaku
History Contents and Style Controversy about the Origins Survival of Gigaku
Bugaku
The Words Bugaku and Gagaku
History of Gagaku and Bugaku
Division of Bugaku Historical Outline of Bugaku Dances
Bugaku Costumes
Bugaku Masks
Bugaku Props
Musical Instruments
The Bugaku Stage
Theatrical Arts in the Ninth to the Thirteenth Century
The Words No, Kyogen, Nogaku
The Sangaku and Sarugaku Traditions
The Words Sangaku and Sarugaku
Relation between Sangaku and Sarugaku
Heian Shin Sarugaku in Performance
The Shushi Sarugaku
The Okina Sarugaku
The Furyu Tradition
The Ennen Tradition
The Dengaku Tradition
The Shugen Tradition Kusemai, Shirabyoshi, Ko-uta and Rambu
Social Position of the Performers
Nogaku
Theories on the Origins of No History of Nogaku Zeami's Secret
Tradition of the No Basic Concepts of Zeami's Aesthetics Zenchiku's
Theories on the No The No Plays
The Performance of No
The No Stage Costumes, Props, and Masks Kyogen: A New Perspective
The Theories of Okura Toraaki Classification of Kyogen Plays
The Performance of Kyogen Mystery Plays and School
Theatre of the Jesuits
Kabuki
Background of Kabuki and Joruri History of Kabuki
An Overview Kabuki in Performance Costumes and Make-up
Theatre Buildings, Stage, and Decor Kabuki and Joruri
Playwrights Kabuki Juhachiban Geidan: Actors' Memoirs
The Puppet Theatre
The Words Joruri and Bunraku History of Joruri
Bunraku after the Meiji Restoration
The Stage Bunraku Aesthetics
The Modern Theatre: Shimpa
Origins of the Shimpa Movement
Sudo Sadanori Kawakami Otojiro Seibikan and Other Companies
The Golden Age of Shimpa
The Decadence of Shimpa Shimpa from World War II
Shingeki: The New Drama
The Period of Trial Plays (1906-1913)
The Period of Commercialization (1914-1923)
The Early Tsukiji Little Theatre Movement (1924-1927)
The Leftist Propaganda Plays (1928-1932)
The Artistic Period (1933-1940)
Shingeki after World War II (1944-1994)
The Underground Theatre Movement (1960-1985)
Modern Music and Dance Theatre
Opera The Takarazuka Revue Company Revue, Operetta, Miscellaneous Entertainments Buto and the Phenomenon of Circularity
History of Western Research on the Japanese Theatre
From Mid-Sixteenth to Mid-Nineteenth Century From Mid-Nineteenth Century to Showa
The Showa Period to the End of World War II Following World War II Japanese Contributions to Western Languages
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780691043333
ISBN-10: 0691043337
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 9th March 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised