2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Aspects of Noh in Kanjinchō
Carol A. Perry
Dr. Marc Rice, Faculty Mentor

The influential kabuki play Kanjinchō (1840) is a conscious attempt to merge the styles of kabuki and Noh. Kanjinchō reflects the political climate of Edo in the 1830s and 1840s, especially the social conflict between the impoverished ruling classes and the wealthy merchant class. In creating it, kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjūrō VII defied laws and social norms in an effort to earn respect for his profession and make Noh Theater available to the lower classes. Kanjinchō incorporates aspects of Noh visually, in dance, staging, and costumes; audibly, in music; and structurally, in form and subject matter.

Keywords: kabuki, Noh, Japan, music, dance, theater, literature, Japanese history


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 44-2
Location: VH 1010
Time: 1:30

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