MagicKabukiDrop.com was created to share information on all aspects of the Kabuki Drop for use in theatrical productions, plays, musicals, shows and special events.
If you are a theatrical stage practitioner (on or off stage), a Kabuki Drop can be used to add a dramatic wow-moment to your show or act. It is also a great device for product reveals for corporate events.
What is a Kabuki Drop?
A Kabuki Drop is a stagecraft technique and a release system that drops an open suspended curtain to the floor for a dramatic reveal.
It is often used in theatrical stage performances or special events to reveal a cast of performers, stage set or product.
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A curtain or drape is suspended and held open by a specially designed system that holds the cloth securely until it is needed to be released.
The system is generally attached to some kind of overhanging horizontal support structure like a flying bar or lighting truss. The trigger mechanism to release the cloth can be activated either manually or electronically.
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The modern-day Kabuki Drop finds its roots in the historic Japanese dance-drama, Kabuki Theatre. Traditionally, a curtain drop was used as a stagecraft technique to reveal a change of a scene. This technique was known as “Furiotoshi”, which literally means, “shake down to reveal”.
In this comprehensive resource, we will explore the history, techniques, components, workings and systems of Kabuki Drops.
- History of Kabuki Theatre
- Kabuki Stagecraft & Curtain Drop
- Evolution of the Kabuki Drop
- Basic Components of the Kabuki Drop
- Manual Kabuki Drop Systems
- Electronic Kabuki Drop Systems
– Linear Solenoid Kabuki Drop Systems
– Electromagnetic Lock Kabuki Drops
- Double Kabuki Drop System
- Ideas for Kabuki Drops
- Build, Buy or Rent Kabuki Drops
Researched, compiled & written by J C Sum, Darren Tien & Adeline Ng
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