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Japanese Theatre Japanese Theatre Noh Bunraku Kabuki
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Noh Drama Noh Drama Emerged in the 14th c. Frozen in the 17th c. Invention attributed to Kanami Kiyotsugu (1333- 1384) Perfected by his son, Zeami Morokiyo (1363- 1443) A scene from Aoi no ue based on The Tale of Genji
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Noh Stage Noh Stage
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Musicians Hayashikata/Jiutai Hayashikata (instrument players) of whistle, drums, etc. sit at the back of the stage. The Jiutai (singers) sit in a line on the left
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Noh Noh Characters Characters Conventional roles in all dramas Shite: principal character -- the only true “person” Waki: secondary character -- introduces story and asks questions; often a priest Tsure: shadowy companion to shiite and/or waki Kokata: child Kyogen: clown -- usually lower class
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Noh Conventions Noh Conventions Very short, plotless, tragic in mood Highly stylized with very slow pace: 200-300 lines of play can take an hour to perform Integrate singing, speech instruments, and dancing No limitation in time or space Highly allusive, poetic, symbolic language Less about characters than emotions Yugen : haunting poetic quality, suggesting quiet elegance and grace, subtle and fleeting beauty
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This note was uploaded on 11/24/2011 for the course HUM 201 taught by Professor David during the Fall '10 term at BYU.

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