Japanese Theatre: Kabuki and Noh
Undergraduate ARTS course (advanced level, liberal).
Study Japanese theatre with a focus on the Kabuki and Noh traditions from historical to contemporary performance practices. We’ll critically examine these theatrical traditions as expressions of Japanese aesthetic values and forms within unique social, cultural, and religious contexts. Topics covered include dramatic forms, storytelling, staging, acting techniques, character roles, gesture and movement conventions, gender, music, choreography, costumes, aesthetics, cultural values, and influences. In addition to the course readings, students will view digital performance videos, and choose an area of focus for a culminating research or creative project.
- Through written assignments and discussion, demonstrate a critical understanding of Japanese theatrical traditions as expressions of Japanese aesthetic values and forms within unique historical, social, cultural, and religious contexts.
- Demonstrate the ability to describe, analyze and critique Kabuki and Noh performances, while relating each work to one or more of the course topics.
- Complete a research or creative project on a topic related to Japanese, Kabuki, or Noh theatre.
Prerequisites: Advanced level reading, research, and writing skills. An introductory level course on arts and culture such as: Humanities Through the Arts, Diversity in the American Arts, Exploring the World of Music, Music Across Cultures, Dance Across World Cultures, Art History or the equivalent.