Kabuki Theatre Analysis

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Register to read the introduction…The most spectacular about costumes in Kabuki theatre is the role of the assistance with the hikinuki, quick changes done onstage. “Hikinuki means pulling out, and the change of costume is done by the stage assistants by pulling out basted threads in the outer kimono until the top layer can be torn away” (Corts, 2013). In the beginning section of famous “Sagi Musume" (Heron Maiden) where Tamasaburo (the Kabuki actor) morphed from a heron to a machi musume (town girl) by means of a quick change of costumes (Tamasaburo, 2006). The use of costumes in this scene does not stop at static visual effect, but extends to create a complete smooth transition of events within a…show more content…
Traditional theatres aim at making the characters seem larger than life. Avid audiences of traditional theatres understand that these characters and their expressions, with the use of mask and/or makeup are not realistic, are exaggerated. However, the audience also accepted the amplification of characters as theatres norms, thus able to decipher and appreciate. For example, it might be enjoyable for noh theatre goers to respect and admire the use of Hannya mask in noh Dojouji play, but its grotesque features might be disturbing to those unable to understand the mask. Moreover, the elaborated, heavily - embellished costumes compliment the stylized movements but also limit the actors’ acting on satge in traditional theatres. On the contrary, modern theatres see costumes and makeup as part of the physique required to create the characters. Stanislavski discussed “ideal physique” in his Actor’s training in regard to the moving part. While appropriate actions, or the moving part or the physique can be achieved by the actors, the physical presence may not and needed assistance of costumes and makeup. This is when costumes and makeup come into play in modern

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