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The Importance of Communities being able to Provide Venues for Folk Performances and the Effect : a Japanese Case Study

Author(s): Kim Hyeonjeong

Journal: International Journal of Intangible Heritage
ISSN 1975-3586

Volume: 3;
Start page: 83;
Date: 2008;
Original page

This paper seeks to explain how important it is that performance artists have the opportunity to perform regularly and venues in which to do so. It is a crucial factor in preventing traditional performance arts from dying out. Spectators thus learn to understand, enjoy and appreciate the dances and the music, and it ishelpful for the performers to have the sense of importance that they get from performing in public. I use one of the Japanese performing folk arts, Ishiokabayashi, as a case study.This paper is divided into two sections. Firstly I try to illustrate what Yanagita Kunio describes as ‘festivalism’ by explaining how relatively minor rituals have developed into full blown festivals. Secondly, I investigate the background of Ishioka-bayashi, and how it was created. This particular case study demonstrates what can happen when a group of performers is unable to practice their art.

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