Today it is looked upon more favourably. Modern translations of the word are often more generic: 'the art of singing and dancing'.
In the late 1960s Kabuki theatre a became fashionable in avant garde artistic circles in the UK. David Bowie was an enthusiast, particularly in the period where he worked with mime artist, Lindsey Kemp. He later borrowed heavily from the kabuiki tradition in the creation of Ziggy Stardust.
|John Bercow, Speaker of the Houses of Commons|
The term kabuki has now entered the political lexicon in the US. It is used to describe theatrical behaviour designed to get maximum media attention. Recent scenes in the UK parliament come to mind, as do some of the interventions during the Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing for Brett Kavanaugh.
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