A classic form of Japanese drama involving heroic themes, a chorus, and dance. No scenery and all male.
important figure of Noh, wrote hundreds of plays and wrote theory of performance & composition
Teaches that ultimate peace comes through union with all being that individual desire must be overcome and that nothing in earthly life is permanent.
Often short, and does not emphasize storytelling. It revolves around what lets up to, and a dance. Most lines are sung or intoned.
Actors, Chorus, and musicians. Two division of actors, waki, and waki's followers and the shite. All are male.
Waki's Followers and the Waki
Those that introduce the drama and lead the main character toward the climactic moment
The main character and his followers. Wears masks of painted wood. Costumes are rich in design anc color.
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.
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.