Heroes of the Kabuki stage

An Introduction to Kabuki with Retellings of Famous Plays


Heroes of the kabuki stage is written for kabuki lovers and collectors of kabuki woodblock prints alike, eager to know more about the interesting images on their prints. The book is a concise introduction to the world of kabuki, placed in the historical and social context of Tokugawa and Meiji Japan between 1603 and 1912. Several aspects of kabuki tradition, such as the playhouse itself, the interaction between actors and audiences, as well as the development of plays are explained. The elaborate costumes, make-up and different acting styles are discussed and illustrated. A brief historical outline is given of actor prints and their designers in both Edo (present-day Tokyo) and Osaka. A large section of the book is dedicated to retelling the 37 popular kabuki plays, set against the background of their origins and supplemented by theatrical anecdotes. Main scenes of the plays and leading actor roles are amply illustrated by woodblock prints produced over a period of more than a century. An extensive index on roles, actors, playwrights, subjects and attributes will enable the reader and print collector to find his way.


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ISBN: 9789074822619
Uitgever: KIT Publishers
Datum uitgifte: 2004

Dit artikel werd toegevoegd op Sunday 28 January, 2007.

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