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Theatre Around the World - Chapter Summary
Theatre has a prominent presence in many countries around the world. This chapter takes a close look at theatre on continents like Africa and South America as well as the characteristics of specific types of theatre, dance and opera. Explore our informative lessons to learn all about forms of theatre found across the globe, and take our mini quizzes to assess your theatre knowledge. Around-the-clock mobile and computer access lets you study whenever your schedule permits from any location with an Internet connection. As you proceed through this chapter, visit our Dashboard to check your progress and easily revisit lessons that require additional study time. When finished, you will be ready to do the following:
- Detail the history of East and Southeast Asian theatre
- Share the characteristics and roles of Peking opera
- Provide important facts about Kabuki dance
- Define and list characteristics of Noh and Butoh theatre
- Outline the origins and list types of Indian theatre
- Describe the history and characteristics of ancient Sanskrit theatre and Kathakali dance
- Discuss the history of Middle Eastern, Central American and South American theatre
- Offer an overview of African theatre and dance
1. East & Southeast Asian Theatre: History & Overview
This lesson examines the various forms of theatre from East and Southeast Asia. Theatrical traditions included puppetry, opera, and shadow plays are covered, as well as the similarities across the regions.
2. Peking Opera: Definition, Characteristics & Roles
Do you know how to sing? Have you ever been in a musical? One Chinese art form combines singing, acting, and martial arts. In this lesson, explore the history and characteristics of Peking Opera, and learn about roles found within it.
3. Kabuki Dance: Definition, History & Facts
Kabuki is one of Japan's most cherished arts, but how much do you know about it? In this lesson, we'll explore the history of kabuki and see how it's changed over time.
4. Noh Theatre: Definition, Characteristics & History
Noh theater is one of the oldest still-practiced forms of performance in the world. In this lesson, we'll explore its history and characteristics and see what makes it so special.
5. Butoh Theatre: Definition, Characteristics & History
In the land of Kabuki and Noh, butoh can be overlooked outside of serious dancers. In this lesson, we'll explore this unique dance form and see how it came to be.
6. Indian Theatre: Origins, Types & Characteristics
In this lesson, we'll explore the interesting and ancient history of Indian theatre. Learn about the Indian theatrical art form through the classical, traditional, and modern periods, including indigenous and Western cultural influences.
7. Ancient Sanskrit Theatre: History & Characteristics
Theatre can be heavily defined by the language in which it is performed. In this lesson, we'll examine ancient Sanskrit theatre traditions and consider their history.
8. Kathakali Dance: History & Characteristics
Kathakali dance is a beautiful, intricate form of storytelling art in India. It blends music, epic poetry, and dance to tell familiar stories in Indian culture.
9. Middle Eastern Theatre: History & Overview
Theatre in the Middle East has evolved over centuries. In this lesson, we'll take a look at a few of the ancient, traditional forms of storytelling and theatrical performance in the Middle East, and then explore a few contemporary theatre practices from the region.
10. African Theatre & Dance: History & Overview
In this lesson, we will take a brief look at early forms of African performance, such as storytelling and ritual, as well as post-colonial African theatre practices in English-speaking Africa.
11. Central & South American Theatre: History & Overview
In this lesson, we will first look at some of the early Aztec, Maya, and Inca cultures that cultivated performance traditions. Then we will trace the evolution of political theatre that emerged after the Spanish conquistadors arrived.
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