Performance Art in Edo

Performance Art in Edo
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In the city of Edo, people of all classes enjoyed performing arts ranging from elegant noh plays (a musical dance-drama) inside the walls of the shogun’s castle and in the gardens of the military elite, to popularized forms of entertainment such as kabuki plays, rangaku (storytelling), and manzai (comic acting) in public theaters, to less formal displays such as contortionists, and dancing at parties, on street corners, and along river beds. Both amateur and professional sumo wrestling enjoyed increased popularity. Ritual performances that took place at festivals, such as the joyful Chinese Lion Dance presented at the New Year, were considered to bring luck and happiness.

- Armanda Dingledy-Rodie; Chris Drosse; Hollis Goodall, Managing Curator (2007)

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