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Noh

also No  (nō)
n.
The classical drama of Japan, with music and dance performed in a highly stylized manner by elaborately dressed performers on an almost bare stage.

[Japanese , talent, ability, Noh, from Early Middle Chinese néŋ, be capable of, can, ability (also the source of Mandarin néeng).]

Noh

(nəʊ)
n
(Theatre) a variant spelling of No1

no1

(noʊ)

adv., n., pl. noes, nos. adv.
1. (a negative expressing dissent, denial, or refusal, as in response to a question or request.)
2. (used to emphasize or introduce a negative statement): No, not one of them came.
3. not in any degree or manner; not at all (used with a comparative): He is no better.
4. not: whether or no.
n.
5. an utterance of the word “no.”
6. a denial or refusal.
7. a negative vote or voter.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English nā, contraction of ne not + ā ever (see ay1)]

no2

(noʊ)

adj.
1. not any: no money.
2. not at all; far from being: He is no genius.
[1150–1200]

No


Chem. Symbol.
nobelium.

Noh

(noʊ)

n.
the classic drama of Japan, using chants and highly stylized movements and formal and thematic patterns derived from religious rites.
Compare kabuki.
[1870–75; < Japanese]

no.

or No.,

1. north.
2. northern.
3. number.
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Noh plays were popular in the medieval and early modern periods and are the oldest of Japan's three major dramatic forms.
Masaru Sekine nods back not only to his co-authorship with Chris of Yeats and the Noh in 1990 but also to Chris's acting in some Yeats plays under Sekine's direction, while he adds his authoritative perspective as a Japanese Noh director and actor to the evaluation of Yeats's Noh plays.
In chronicled history, ikebana appeared during the Muromachi era when the tea ceremony, ikebana, noh plays, and garden design had their beginnings.
The masks and costumes used in Noh plays are several hundred years old and the Noh players always create a magnificent physical and spiritual atmosphere," says Noda.
Such traditional performing arts as kabuki, noh plays and ningyo-joruri bunraku puppetry are registered on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritages.
RM: I read not too long ago that you had been tremendously impressed by the Noh plays in the Orient.
This is an example of a healthy will to shuck the less pleasant encumbrances, but it can be a dangerous process, we learn in "The Forgetting": "Ezra Pound praises the Emperor who appointed a committee of scholars/To pick the best 450 Noh plays and destroy all the rest, the fascist.
A synthesis of two Noh plays, the first act is a solemn tale of an encounter between a ghost of a noble warrior and his remorseful killer.
The second form, Kyogen (literally, "ecstatic speech") comprises relatively short comic plays that serve as interludes between the serious Noh plays.
The result is a blend of the two in discussing Noh theatre and Pound's complete translations of 15 Noh plays.
A group within the Izumi school objected to Motoya's declaration as the successor to his father, who was the 19th master of the school, and asked the Association for Japanese Noh Plays to expel him in March this year.
Steven Brown of East Asian languages and literature researches the classic Noh plays, a highly formalized style of theater in Japan, as well as Japanese popular movies.