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Question4 Is the gangway bridge the same as the runway of Kabuki?

Kabuki is a new form of stage art originating in Noh; therefore some theories say that the runway of Kabuki is a transformation of the gangway bridge of Noh. This extended part of the stage plays a unique role, which is not found in the Western-style stage.

Also, the Noh stage is not equipped with a drop curtain like the Western-style stage; performers enter the stage from behind the agemaku (curtain) hung at the end of the gangway bridge. The drama starts when the musicians enter the stage prior to the actors. For reference's sake, the stage of Kabuki is equipped with a Western-style drop curtain as well as a curtain at the entrance of the runway.


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