Japanese Kabuki Theatre Overview

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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?

Vibrato Technique

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

To provide background music and sound effects

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

Shamisen (lute-like instrument)

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

It emerged from the comedic imitations of Buddhist prayers by Okuni, a Shinto priestess.

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

They refer to the three elements of acting, singing, and dancing that Kabuki combines.

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

It is a vocal technique used primarily in the 'aragoto' style of acting.

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

It is a method of delivering poetical text written in the Japanese metrical form of alternating 7 and 5 syllables.

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

To set the mood and provide background music and sound effects.

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

It accompanies the actors as they describe scenic settings and synchronize their lines with the rhythm.

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

Ipponchoshi/Continuous Pattern

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

It is a specific type of shamisen music that is the most popular accompaniment for Kabuki performances.

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

The music is always performed live during the performance.

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

Koto (Japanese zither)

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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