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Ancient lecture 9(2) - Noh (Nō) Performance in Imperial...

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Unformatted text preview: Noh (Nō) Performance in Imperial Japan Zeami Motokiyo, Atsumori (ca. 1400) Map: Japan Noh theatre in Japan’s medieval period (1185-1600) • Samurai (military) overthrew imperial court and ruled 1192–1867 • Established their own lavish courts at Kamakura and Kyoto under title of Shōgun (“General”) • Came to patronize noh dance-drama, which refined a popular religious performance for court (Zen Buddhism = official religion) • State-sponsored theatre = symbolic “capital” for a hostile regime – make “might into right” Institution alization of noh • Patronage of the Shōgun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358– 1408) began in 1374 – Ashikaga shogunate’s noh patronage started a pattern followed by subsequent shōguns and a cultural craze admired by all courtiers Heita mask used for brave samurai warrior characters Institutionalization of noh • Noh became important part of eiga = courtly splendors (ritualized spectacles associated with religious processions & court ceremonies) – jockeying for best audience position – watchers being watched Representation of 1000 AD court wedding Kanami Kiyotsugu (1333-84) • actor/troupe head Kanami revolutionized noh theatre – head of sarugaku (professional shrine performance) troupe, competed with dengaku (rice-planting performance) – transformed multirole plays into almost...
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course TDHT 21 taught by Professor Roxworthy during the Fall '11 term at UCSD.

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Ancient lecture 9(2) - Noh (Nō) Performance in Imperial...

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