Japanese Kabuki Theatre Overview
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Japanese Kabuki Theatre Overview

Explore the traditional Japanese theatre art form known as Kabuki, which involves a stylized combination of acting, singing, and dancing. Learn about the origins of Kabuki in 1603 by the Shinto Priestess Okuni and the significance of vocal patterns and techniques in performances.

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What does the term 'Kabuki' refer to in Japanese theatre?

Singing, dancing, and acting

Who is credited with founding Kabuki theatre in 1603?

Okuni, a Shinto priestess

What is the 'Ipponchoshi' vocal pattern used for in Kabuki theatre?

Building up to an explosive climax in the 'aragoto' style

Which of the following is NOT a vocal technique used in Kabuki theatre?

<p>Vibrato Technique</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the role of 'Geza-ongaku' (Off-stage Music) in Kabuki theatre?

<p>To provide background music and sound effects</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the primary instrument used in the 'Shoso-ongaku' (On-stage Music) of Kabuki theatre?

<p>Shamisen (lute-like instrument)</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which of the following statements about the origins of Kabuki theatre is correct?

<p>It emerged from the comedic imitations of Buddhist prayers by Okuni, a Shinto priestess.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the significance of the syllables 'Ka', 'Bu', and 'Ki' in the term 'Kabuki'?

<p>They refer to the three elements of acting, singing, and dancing that Kabuki combines.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which of the following statements about the 'Nori Technique' in Kabuki theatre is NOT true?

<p>It is a vocal technique used primarily in the 'aragoto' style of acting.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the purpose of the 'Yakuharai Technique' in Kabuki theatre?

<p>It is a method of delivering poetical text written in the Japanese metrical form of alternating 7 and 5 syllables.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the primary function of the 'Geza-ongaku' (Off-stage Music) in Kabuki theatre?

<p>To set the mood and provide background music and sound effects.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which of the following statements about the 'Shosa-ongaku' (On-stage Music) in Kabuki theatre is correct?

<p>It accompanies the actors as they describe scenic settings and synchronize their lines with the rhythm.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which of the following vocal patterns is used in the 'aragoto' (rough hero) style of acting in Kabuki theatre?

<p>Ipponchoshi/Continuous Pattern</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the significance of the 'Nagauta' music in Kabuki theatre?

<p>It is a specific type of shamisen music that is the most popular accompaniment for Kabuki performances.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which of the following statements about the use of music in Kabuki theatre is NOT true?

<p>The music is always performed live during the performance.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which of the following instruments is NOT mentioned in the text as being used in Kabuki theatre music?

<p>Koto (Japanese zither)</p> Signup and view all the answers

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