Noh Theatre

Noh derived from the Sino-Japanese word for “skill” or “talent”—is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 13th century. Many characters are masked, with men playing male and female roles. Traditionally, a Noh “performance day” lasts all day and consists of five Noh plays interspersed with shorter, humorous ky?gen pieces. However, present-day Noh performances often consist of two Noh plays with one Ky?gen play in between.

Carnegie Mellon University Filmography of Noh educational videos. (Control F ‘Noh’ to find section)

Indiana University Excellent introduction to traditional Japanese Noh theatre with annotated diagrams of the Noh stage.

Indiana University Art Museum Robe for a summer Noh play.

Noh Brief footage for Noh theatre.

Noh Introduction General introduction and history of Noh theatre.

Noh Masks Several photographs of Noh masks.

Noh Mask Building Photographs of the processes taken in creating a Noh mask.

Noh and Noh Masks Brief overview of Noh theatre and an explanation of the role of masks in performance, with accompanying photographs. Photograph of traditional Noh theatre stage and performance.

Rhode Island College Photographs of Noh masks and actor.

Towson University Japanese No theatre overview.

United Nations Development Programme Wonderful photograph of a traditional costumed Noh performer in full flight.

University of Sydney Brief article about Japanese culture, including Noh theatre.

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