And the Japan Society is going to stage performances of some of the Noh plays
that Pound was involved in translating.
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.