N� Drama � �Seami on the Art of the N��

N� Drama � �Seami on the Art of the N��

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Nō Drama – “Seami on the Art of the Nō” - is a classical form of Japanese theatrical play performed since fourteenth century; originated from ritualistic dengaku , a primitive combination of dancing and music that accompanied farmers’ work in rice fields. - A typical drama consists of few male performers ( shite , waki , tsure , musicians including chorus); symbolic dancing, movement, gesture, and music that features barely-melodious flute, vocal, and drum; and poetic as well as metaphysical scripts. - Categorized by themes and motives: deity play, demon play, warrior play, female play, madness play etc.; in Japan, today still about 250 plays are still performed in theatres. - Mugen Nō – a typical plot involves a first scene in which a traveling monk happens to encounter a local person who is actually a ghost that has not attained the Buddhist Enlightenment because of his or her grudge, remorse,
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course MODL 398 taught by Professor Amano during the Spring '08 term at UNL.

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