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Ma in Traditional Japanese Theater: The Ma of Space and Ma of Time

  • Shozo Motosugi
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Abstract

The two greatest elements of traditional Japanese theater’s architectural history are the Noh stage and Kabuki theater. The characteristics of these two art forms are the Hashigakari of Noh theater and Kabuki’s Hanamichi. Neither plays a major role in the acting of their respective arts; however, both play extremely important roles regarding the relationship between the actors and the audience, and in the relationship of space and time of these traditional Japanese performing arts. This chapter reflects on the creation of these two elements and considers the flexibility that encompassed conflicting elements and pushed the theatrical space to the next step, along with both the opposing tendencies of loyalty to tradition and innovation in the format created.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shozo Motosugi
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  1. 1.College of Science & TechnologyNihon UniversityTokyoJapan

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