Kabuki Dance

Kabuki Dance

A well-presented falsehood. A kabuki dance is a report, project, or anything else presented in a flashy way with little (or sometimes misleading) substance. While the term was originally used in politics, it has come to refer to corporate reports and projects as well.
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Its bread-and-butter has been holding weekly networking meetings, providing health care insurance help for small businesses, organizing the annual Business Expo, and playing its role in the annual kabuki dance with the City Council over the city's dual tax rate.
Experience the drama of Kabuki dance and the antics of Kyogen comedy.
Washington also must acknowledge that the diplomatic kabuki dance it attempts to choreograph from the cheap seats in New York, Vienna and Baghdad is an inadequate and ineffective approach to address Iranian threats to security in Iraq and elsewhere.
MacLean tells the story of the fight for economic inclusion as a kabuki dance of three sets of players: grassroots organizers and activists, institutional reformers, and the established interests of business and government.
John McCain and other ``maverick'' Republicans sure sounded convincing when they mouthed opposition to Bush, but the results of their negotiations on the bill with the White House and their votes supporting the bill demonstrate this was just a Republican Kabuki dance.
A dance craze is sweeping the nation's capital: the kabuki dance.
A UN conference is a dramatic ritual as carefully choreographed as, albeit substantially less colorful than, a Kabuki dance.
And it provides a blow-by-blow of the military buildup (more war plans from Tommy Franks than I ever care to read about again), a full choreography of the diplomatic Kabuki dance, as Colin Powell called it, and a running soap opera of the bitchy in-fighting among the cabinet officials.
In other words, sometimes it's best to stay loose and let the Kabuki dance run its course.
Kiyomoto has three main contexts of performance: kabuki dance, nihon buyo (classical or traditional dance), and in private without dance.
In the olden days, I'd have gone into the old kabuki dance with the telephone book, and the door would have remained out of commission 'til Thanksgiving.
The evening also includes a silent auction and a kabuki dance performance by visiting artist Isaburo Hanayagi.