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Noh theater

STUDY
PLAY
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