Kabuki looks to Olympics to broaden its audience

Stage Aug 6, 2019

Kabuki looks to Olympics to broaden its audience

In an effort to reach a broader audience ahead of next year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Japan's National Theatre is accommodating international guests of traditional kabuki performances by using in-show commentary and English subtitles. On a day during the early summer rainy season, the venue ...

Transforming the traditional world of kabuki with Kinoshita-Kabuki

Stage Mar 12, 2019

Transforming the traditional world of kabuki with Kinoshita-Kabuki

by Nobuko Tanaka

For many people, the mention of kabuki brings to mind images of exaggerated makeup on actors' white-painted faces, beautiful kimono costumes and colorful sets with dramatic backdrops. Then there are the distinctive standardized movements; classic poses (mie) expressing certain emotions; the precisely choreographed fights and ...