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An invitation to Kagura : hidden gem of the traditional Japanese performing arts

by David Petersen; Mandy Conti

  Book  |  First edition

Insights into Japanese Theater   (2010-06-12)

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by davmandy

Richly illustrated, and based largely on sources inaccessible to the non-Japanese speaker, this book provides a rare glimpse into kagura (Shinto theater), a performance style with roots predating even noh drama. Coverage includes the history of the art; the kagura stage; schools of performance; synopses of plays and ceremonies; movement and choreography; kagura costumes; masks and mask-making; implements, decorations and special effects; the music of kagura; and related folk arts. There are also additional sections with comparative materials on noh and kabuki. A new world of theater awaits...




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