Noh theater

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Noh Theater

A classic form of Japanese drama involving heroic themes, a chorus, and dance. No scenery and all male.

Zeami

important figure of Noh, wrote hundreds of plays and wrote theory of performance & composition

Zen Buddhism

Teaches that ultimate peace comes through union with all being that individual desire must be overcome and that nothing in earthly life is permanent.

None drama are classified in 5 types.

God Play, Warrior Play, Women Play, Madness Play, Demon Play

Noh Script

Often short, and does not emphasize storytelling. It revolves around what lets up to, and a dance. Most lines are sung or intoned.

Noh is a

musical dance drama that evokes an emotional state and mood.

Noh Performers

Actors, Chorus, and musicians. Two division of actors, waki, and waki's followers and the shite. All are male.

School

Actors are trained from childhood. Traditions since 15th century.

Waki's Followers and the Waki

Those that introduce the drama and lead the main character toward the climactic moment

Shite

The main character and his followers. Wears masks of painted wood. Costumes are rich in design anc color.

Kokata

Child actors who as students play children and minor roles

Chorus

Sit at one side of the stage and sing/recite many of the shite's lines or narrate events. Each play requires 2/3 drummers and a flutist.

Stage Attendents

There are two, who the audience is suppose to ignore. One assists the musicians the other assists the actors and screnery. All of them are male.

Noh stage

raised 3 feet. two principles areas. No scenery on the stage.

Butai

Stage proper of the Noh Stage. Roofed like the shrines. Supported by 4 columns.

Hashigakari

The bridge of the Noh stage. Roofed like the shrines.

The Shrine in the fields

A women play. Attributed to Zeami

Seasonal

Each play is set in a specific season of the year

Climactic Moment

is expressed in dance

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