Jablonski, Marek (Michael)



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(vi) Kyōgen.


This classical comedy theatre balances the more serious themes of . While is mainly music-based in nature, kyōgen is largely dialogue-based, though a number of songs and dances exist which tend to mimic the chant and dance style of . The two are traditionally performed alternately in the same programme, and they share a common heritage; in general, kyōgen is also inferred when speaking about the world of . In addition to their own kyōgen repertory of comic plays, kyōgen actors always appear in the interlude (ai) roles in plays, which are usually not comic in nature. Similarly, instrumentalists also sometimes appear in kyōgen plays, though their participation is not nearly as complex as it is for . The vocal and movement training methods of the two forms are very similar.

Japan, §VI: Theatre music


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