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what are the roots of kabuki?

- Chris Hopkins

Kabuki is a form of traditiona­l Japanese drama with singing and dancing. Though it’s known for its gaudy costumes and coarse humour, it has always been a serious art form that provided a vivid commentary on society. It began in 1603 when a woman named Izumo no Okuni achieved popularity with parodies of Buddhist prayers. She assembled a troupe of all-female players to tour her show but the sensuous character of their dancing and allegation­s of prostituti­on led to women being banned from performing in 1629. Kabuki endures to this day but as a male-only art form.

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