Kabuki is a popular form of Japanese dance theatre dating back in Paris. To the early 17th century, which, contrary to the more refined and aristocratic noh theatre, is very accessible to the general public. The very word itself, "ka" meaning song, "bu" meaning dance, and "ki" acting ability, tells you what it's about.
Programme by the Ichikawa family on their first visit to the Palais Garnier in March, traditional kabuki is a highly codified combination of music, movement, dance and drama, and an enthusiastic audience was treated to all four in abundance in a remarkable and delightful. They brought with them two magnificent dramas created in 1840 and 1887 respectively.