Noh

Noh:

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Noh or Nogaku derived from the Sino-Japanese word for “skill” or “talent”—is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. Developed by Kan’ami and his son Zeami, it is the oldest major theatre art still regularly performed today. Traditionally, a Noh program includes five Noh plays with comedic kyogen plays in between; an abbreviated program of two Noh plays and one kyogen piece has become common in Noh presentations today. An okina  play may be presented in the very beginning especially during New Years, holidays, and other special occasions.

Noh is often based on tales from traditional literature with a supernatural being transformed into human form as a hero narrating a story. Noh integrates masks, costumes and various props in a dance-based performance, requiring highly trained actors and musicians.  Having a strong emphasis on tradition rather than innovation, Noh is extremely codified and regulated by the iemoto system.Noh is a classical tradition that is highly valued by many today. When used alone, Noh refers to the historical genre of theatre originated from sarugaku in the mid 14th century and continues to be performed today.

History:

Noh and kyogen , originated in the 8th century when the sangaku  was transmitted from China to Japan. At the time, the term sangaku referred to various types of performance featuring acrobats, song and dance as well as comic sketches. Its subsequent adaption to Japanese society led to its assimilation of other traditional art forms. Noh and kyogen “originated in the 8th century when the sangaku was transmitted from China to Japan. At the time, the term sangaku referred to various types of performance featuring acrobats, song and dance as well as comic sketches.

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Training and Roles:

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Elements Of Noh:

  • Masks:
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  • Stage:
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  • Costumes:
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  • Music And Chants:
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Famous Play:

  • Ao No Uei(Lady Of Uei):
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  • Aya No Tsuzumi:
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  • Hagoromo:
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