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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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And the Japan Society is going to stage performances of some of the Noh plays that Pound was involved in translating.
Noh plays were popular in the medieval and early modern periods and are the oldest of Japan's three major dramatic forms.
The data for this comparative study will be respectively Zaju plays from the Yuan dynasty (6) and Noh plays produced between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries.
In chronicled history, ikebana appeared during the Muromachi era when the tea ceremony, ikebana, noh plays, and garden design had their beginnings.
In March 1941, on the eve of the outbreak of Pacific War, Ezra Pound wrote to his friend, the Japanese poet and critic Kitasono Katsue, proposing that the United States concede Japan the island of Guam, object of military contention between the belligerent countries, in exchange for audiovisual recordings of 300 Noh plays, with the purpose of including them in the curricula of the American schools.
Serious, somber, and eloquent, Noh plays often address culturally significant historical events through the experience of one character.
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.
The importance of Noh drama to Ezra Pound's poetry, and especially to his Cantos, has long been acknowledged and has previously been approached from a variety of perspectives: focusing on the sources and accuracy of the translations in 'Noh' Or Accomplishment; debating the degree of Pound's understanding of the genre and the individual plays; tracing the references to specific Noh plays in the Cantos; and even arguing that the Cantos is structured around the organizing principles of Noh drama and that The Pisan Cantos can be read as a Noh play.
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.
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.
And Japan Society has commissioned theatre director John Jesurun as well as butoh-influenced choreographer Dawn Akemi Saito to create an ambitious re-staging in December of the late Harry Partch's 1969 musical-theatre piece Delusion of the Fury, based on two classic noh plays and an African folktale, using original instruments Partch designed himself Visit www.