Like Coco, each of these dancers stood in one place and made what could best be described as bodily movements or actions, such as bending at the waist, moving the arms, or tilting the head — small, jerking movements that looked more like expressions of pain than what someone might ordinarily associate with dance.
Vangeline’s placement of the dancers was extremely well done, an example of an experienced choreographer using performers to not just fill a space but to convey meaning through it.
Kaidan tales continue to be popular in contemporary Japanese society, and have now expanded to include tales not just of the supernatural, but also the surreal and other horrors.
While nineteenth-century English authors are most often credited with the proliferation of the ghost story phenomenon, other European countries also have a strong tradition of stories dealing with the supernatural.
In Japan, the kaidan tales were part of an oral tradition that derived many of its stories from various parts of the country, including classical Chinese texts.
They were used to entertain provincial lords and the general public during various village gatherings and other religious events, often helping keep the listeners awake by their narratives of the strange, bizarre, or frightening.
The Ghost Story A popular form of literature in which supernatural elements are central to plot, theme, and character development.
The following entry presents criticism on the representation of the ghost story in world literature.
As noted above, tales of the paranormal became extremely popular with English writers during the latter half of the nineteenth century.
Most major writers during this time, including Henry James, Thomas Hardy, and even E. Forster, wrote ghost stories of one sort or another.