Backstage Subjects

Subject Subject (日本語) Description and Notes Visuals
Adachi's Interviews 足立インタビュー資料 Barbara Curtis Adachi's interviews of Bunraku Troupe members. visual available
Animal 動物 visual available
Arm visual available
Armature さし金 A device consisting of a wooden rod, a cord, and a lever attached to puppet's left arm. visual available
Asahi Theater 朝日座 visual available
Auxiliary stage 床あるいは出語台 Revolving platform for narrators and shamisen players. visual available
Backstage 舞台裏 visual available
Backstage at Bunraku バックステージ・アット・ブンラク By Barbara C. Adachi, New York: John Weatherhill, Inc., 1985.
Barbara Curtis Adachi バーバラ・カーティス・足立 visual available
Butai geta [high wooden clogs] 舞台下駄 High wooden clogs worn on stage by head puppeteers. visual available
Chakutōban 着到板あるいは到着板 A wooden panel with performer names indicating whether the performer has arrived. visual available
Chikamatsu Monzaemon, 1653-1725 近松門左衛門
Chūzuri [flying performance] 宙吊り Flying performance by performer being suspended by wires. visual available
Costume 衣装 visual available
Derek Birdsall, Art Director デレック・バードサル For The Voices and Hands of Bunraku. visual available
Directing 演出 visual available
Dō [body] Body, torso, or framework of puppets. visual available
Dōgushi [headgrip] 胴串 Headgrip to which neck and head of puppet are permanently attached and from which toggles protrude. visual available
Donald Keene ドナルド・キーン visual available
Dressing room 楽屋 visual available
Fox See also Animal. visual available
Geza [room for offstage musicians] 下座あるいは囃子部屋 Small room over stage-right entrance occupied by offstage musicians. visual available
Gregory Vitiello, Editor グレゴリー・ヴィティエロ For The Voices and Hands of Bunraku. visual available
Hamatani Hitoshi, Stage Director 浜谷仁
Harri Peccinotti, Photographer ハリ・ペチノッティ For The Voices and Hands of Bunraku.
Hirata Yukio ひらたゆきお Accompanied Adachi on her interview trips with Bunraku Troupe members in 1977.
Hishida Kōji, Keeper of heads 菱田宏治 visual available
History of Bunraku 文楽の歴史資料
Hitori zukai 一人遣い Puppet manipulated by one puppeteer visual available
Ishibashi Osamu, Costume director 石橋長武 visual available
Jason Choi, Translator ジェイソン・チョイ For The Voices and Hands of Bunraku. visual available
Kagezukai [hooded performers] 影遣い Literally, shaded manipulator; denotes that all performing pupeteers appear on stage hooded and in the black robe (kuroko). visual available
Kashirawari [distribution of puppet heads] 首割り Distribution/selection of puppet heads for roles. visual available
Kineya Hiroji, Offstage Musician きねやひろじ
Kōjō performance 口上(演目) Announcement performance. visual available
Kōjō [announcement] 口上(東西東西) Literally, east and west; hear ye! visual available
Kokyū [a musical instrument] 胡弓 visual available
Koto [transverse harp] Transverse harp with a wooden body and silk strings. visual available
Kotsuzumi [hourglass-shaped drum] 小鼓 Hourglass-shaped drum played at shoulder level with the hand. visual available
Kowari-chō/Kowari [cue book] 小割帳 Cue book listing puppeteer assignments and groupings. visual available
Leg visual available
Mochizuki Haruo, Offstage Musician もちづきはるお
Mochizuki Taishirō, Offstage Musician もちづきたいしろう visual available
Nakoshi Shōji, Wig master 名越昭司 visual available
Narrator 太夫 Chanter or reciter. visual available
National Bunraku Theatre 国立文楽劇場 Opened in Osaka, Japan, in 1984.
Non-Bunraku materials 文楽以外の資料 visual available
Ōe Minosuke, Carver of heads 大江巳之助 visual available
Performance list 公演情報資料
Performance recording 文楽サウンドレコーディング For audio visual materials.
Performer directory 文楽人名録
Personal photograph 足立個人写真 Bunraku related, but off-off-stage photographs, e.g. with family of performers.
Props 小道具 visual available
Puppet 人形 visual available
Puppet costuming 人形拵え Attaching puppet head and kimono to the puppet's framework. visual available
Puppet head かしら visual available
Puppeteer 人形遣い visual available
Puppetry, non-Bunraku 文楽以外の人形浄瑠璃
Rehearsal 舞台稽古 Used sparingly since all the performance photographs were taken during rehearsals. Used only for photographs where director and senior performers direct or train juniors during rehearsals and/or left-arm and leg manupulators appear without hoods on stage. visual available
Sankyoku [three instruments] 三曲 Three instruments: koto, kokyū and shakuhachi. Played in Bunraku by a shamisen player when a character in performance plays the instrument. visual available
Set Construction 大道具造り visual available
Shakuhachi [a musical instrument] 尺八
Shamisen player 三味線 Three stringed musical instrument. visual available
Stage set 大道具 visual available
Taiko [drum] 太鼓 visual available
Television programs/motion pictures テレビ番組・映画 For audio visual materials. visual available
The Voices and Hands of Bunraku 文楽のひとびと By Barbara C. Adachi, Tokyo; New York: Kodansha International, c1978. visual available
Theater 劇場 Photographs of viewer seats, stage curtain, etc. visual available
Tour ツアー visual available
Tour, International 海外公演 visual available
Training 稽古 visual available
Uehara Tsuruko, Seamstress うえはらつるこ visual available
Wig かづら visual available
Wing, from 舞台そでからの写真 visual available
Yonetani Eijirō, Properties よねたにえいじろう visual available
Yukahon [narrator's text] 床本 visual available

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