Japanese No Dramas

Author: N.A

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141907800

Category: Drama

Page: 384

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Japanese nõ theatre or the drama of 'perfected art' flourished in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries largely through the genius of the dramatist Zeami. An intricate fusion of music, dance, mask, costume and language, the dramas address many subjects, but the idea of 'form' is more central than 'meaning' and their structure is always ritualized. Selected for their literary merit, the twenty-four plays in this volume dramatize such ideas as the relationship between men and the gods, brother and sister, parent and child, lover and beloved, and the power of greed and desire. Revered in Japan as a cultural treasure, the spiritual and sensuous beauty of these works has been a profound influence for English-speaking artists including W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound and Benjamin Britten.
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On the Art of the N_ Drama

The Major Treatises of Zeami ; Translated by J. Thomas Rimer, Yamazaki Masakazu


Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691101545

Category: Drama

Page: 298

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A fifteenth-century Japanese dramatist shares his experience and viewpoints concerning no plays, acting, music, movement on stage, and style
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The Classic Noh Theatre of Japan

Author: Ernest Fenollosa,Ezra Pound

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811201520

Category: Drama

Page: 163

View: 9825

The Noh plays of Japan have been compared to the greatest of Greek tragedies for their evocative, powerful poetry and splendor of emotional intensity.
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Japanese Plays

Classic Noh, Kyogen and Kabuki Works

Author: A. L. Sadler

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462900526

Category: Drama

Page: 320

View: 9280

Classic Noh, Kyogen and Kabuki Works Nothing reflects the beauty of life as much as Japanese theater. It is here that reality is held suspended and emptiness can fill the mind through words, music, dance, and mysticism. A.L. Sadler translates the mysteries of Noh, Kyogen, and Kabuki in his groundbreaking book, Japanese Plays. A seminal classic in its time, it provides a cross section of Japanese theater that gives the reader a sampler of its beauty and power. The power of Noh is in its ability to create an iconic world that represents the attributes that the Japanese hold in highest esteem: family, patriotism, and honor. Kyogen plays provide comic relief often times performed between the serious and stoic Noh plays. Similarly, Sadler's translated Kyogen pieces are layered between the Noh and the Kabuki plays. The Kabuki plays were the theater of the common people of Japan. The course of time has given them the patina of folk art making them precious cultural relics of Japan. Sadler selected these pieces for translation because of their lighter subject matter and relatively upbeat endings—ideal for a western readership. More linear in their telling and pedestrian in the lessons learned these plays show the difficulties of being in love when a society is bent on conformity and paternal rule. The end result found in Japanese Plays is a wonderful selection of classic Japanese dramatic literature sure to enlighten and delight.
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Japanese No Masks

With 300 Illustrations of Authentic Historical Examples

Author: Friedrich Perzynski

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486141284

Category: Drama

Page: 176

View: 3802

120 full-page plates of magnificent, elaborately carved, museum-quality masks worn by actors playing gods, warriors, beautiful women, feudal lords, and supernatural beings. Captions.
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Traditional Japanese Theater

An Anthology of Plays

Author: Karen Brazell

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231108737

Category: Drama

Page: 561

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Introduces the genres of noh, kyogen, kabuki, and bunraku puppet theater, and offers translations of thirty of the best-known plays, with background information on their history, characters, staging, and significance
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Five Modern No Plays

Author: Yukio Mishima

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307473112

Category: Drama

Page: 198

View: 7708

The classic Japanese No drama is one of the great art forms. Mishima has infused new life into the form by adopting it for plays that preserve the style and inner spirit of No while at the same time creating dramas that are contemporary and relevant.
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Learning to Kneel

Noh, Modernism, and Journeys in Teaching

Author: Carrie J. Preston

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231544294

Category: Drama

Page: 352

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In this inventive mix of criticism, scholarship, and personal reflection, Carrie J. Preston explores the nature of cross-cultural teaching, learning, and performance. Throughout the twentieth century, Japanese noh was a major creative catalyst for American and European writers, dancers, and composers. The noh theater’s stylized choreography, poetic chant, spectacular costumes and masks, and engagement with history inspired Western artists as they reimagined new approaches to tradition and form. In Learning to Kneel, Preston locates noh’s important influence on such canonical figures as Pound, Yeats, Brecht, Britten, and Beckett. These writers learned about noh from an international cast of collaborators, and Preston traces the ways in which Japanese and Western artists influenced one another. Preston’s critical work was profoundly shaped by her own training in noh performance technique under a professional actor in Tokyo, who taught her to kneel, bow, chant, and submit to the teachings of a conservative tradition. This encounter challenged Preston’s assumptions about effective teaching, particularly her inclinations to emphasize Western ideas of innovation and subversion and to overlook the complex ranges of agency experienced by teachers and students. It also inspired new perspectives regarding the generative relationship between Western writers and Japanese performers. Pound, Yeats, Brecht, and others are often criticized for their orientalist tendencies and misappropriation of noh, but Preston’s analysis and her journey reflect a more nuanced understanding of cultural exchange.
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Developing Zeami

The Noh Actor's Attunement in Practice

Author: Shelley Fenno Quinn

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824829681

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 479

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The great noh actor, theorist, and playwright Zeami Motokiyo (ca. 1363-1443) is one of the major figures of world drama. His critical treatises have attracted international attention ever since their publication in the early 1900s. His corpus of work and ideas continues to offer a wealth of insights on issues ranging from the nature of dramatic illusion and audience interest to tactics for composing successful plays to issues of somaticity and bodily training. Shelley Fenno Quinn s impressive interpretive examination of Zeami s treatises addresses all of these areas as it outlines the development of the playwright s ideas on how best to cultivate attunement between performer and audience. Quinn begins by tracing Zeami s transformation of the largely mimetic stage art of his father s troupe into a theater of poiesis in which the playwright and actors aim for performances wherein dance and chant are re-keyed to the evocative power of literary memory. Synthesizing this remembered language of stories, poems, phrases, and their prosodies and associated auras with the flow of dance and chant led to the creation of a dramatic prototype that engaged and depended on the audience as never before. Later chapters examine a performance configuration created by Zeami (the nikyoku santai) as articulated in his mature theories on the training of the performer. Drawing on possible reference points from Buddhist and Daoist thought, the author argues that Zeami came to treat the nikyoku santai as a set of guidelines for bracketing the subjectivity of the novice actor, thereby allowing the actor to reach a certain skill level or threshold from which his freedom as an artist might begin. "
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Japanese Tales

Author: Royall Tyler

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 0307784061

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 806

Two hundred and twenty tales from medieval Japan—tales that welcome us into a fabulous faraway world populated by saints, scoundrels, ghosts, magical healers, and a vast assortment of deities and demons. Stories of miracles, visions of hell, jokes, fables, and legends, these tales reflect the Japanese civilization. They ably balance the lyrical and the dramatic, the ribald and the profound, offering a window into a long-vanished culture. With black-and-white illustrations throughout Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
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The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Drama

Author: J. Thomas Rimer,Mitsuya Mori,M. Cody Poulton

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231537131

Category: Drama

Page: 880

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This anthology is the first to survey the full range of modern Japanese drama and make available Japan's best and most representative twentieth- and early-twenty-first-century works in one volume. It opens with a comprehensive introduction to Meiji-period drama and follows with six chronological sections: "The Age of Taisho Drama"; The Tsukiji Little Theater and Its Aftermath"; "Wartime and Postwar Drama"; "The 1960s and Underground Theater"; "The 1980s and Beyond"; and "Popular Theater," providing a complete history of modern Japanese theater for students, scholars, instructors, and dramatists. The collection features a mix of original and previously published translations of works, among them plays by such writers as Masamune Hakucho (The Couple Next Door), Enchi Fumiko (Restless Night in Late Spring), Morimoto Kaoru (A Woman's Life), Abe Kobo (The Man Who Turned into a Stick), Kara Juro (Two Women), Terayama Shuji (Poison Boy), Noda Hideki (Poems for Sale), and Mishima Yukio (The Sardine Seller's Net of Love). Leading translators include Donald Keene, J. Thomas Rimer, M. Cody Poulton, John K. Gillespie, Mari Boyd, and Brian Powell. Each section features an introduction to the developments and character of the period, notes on the plays' productions, and photographs of their stage performances. The volume complements any study of modern Japanese literature and modern drama in China, Korea, or other Asian or contemporary Western nations.
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Performance Notes

Author: Zeami

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231139594

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 508

View: 5329

Annotation Zeami (1363-1443), Japan's most celebrated actor and playwright, composed more than 30 of the finest plays of no drama. He also wrote a variety of texts on theater and performance. This text presents the full range of Zeami's critical thought on the subject.
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Alternative Japanese Drama

Ten Plays

Author: Robert Rolf

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824813796

Category: Art

Page: 364

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"This collection, while offering a mass of information about the period and its drama, also stands as a memorial.... The brave new days of the 1960s are past and it is good to have this book to remind us of them." --Japan TimesA major renaissance in Japanese theater occurred in the 1960s. During this period, the implications of Japan's prewar actions as well as its postwar materialistic course were interrogated with fierce intensity. Nowhere was the depth and dynamism of this cultural questioning more clearly expressed than in theater. Fueling the explosion of seminal theater activity that took place was the generation of young artists who are the focus of Alternative Japanese Drama. Foreword by J. Thomas Rimer
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No Longer Human

Author: Osamu Dazai

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811220079

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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The poignant and fascinating story of a young man who is caught between the breakup of the traditions of a northern Japanese aristocratic family and the impact of Western ideas. Portraying himself as a failure, the protagonist of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human narrates a seemingly normal life even while he feels himself incapable of understanding human beings. Oba Yozo's attempts to reconcile himself to the world around him begin in early childhood, continue through high school, where he becomes a "clown" to mask his alienation, and eventually lead to a failed suicide attempt as an adult. Without sentimentality, he records the casual cruelties of life and its fleeting moments of human connection and tenderness.
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The Nō Plays of Japan

Author: Arthur Waley

Publisher: N.A


Category: English drama

Page: 270

View: 8597

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Visioning Eternity

aesthetics, politics and history in the early modern Noh theater

Author: Thomas D. Looser

Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 315

View: 2423

This is the first Western language book on Edo period noh and its use by the shogun, an essential addition to the scholarship in Japanese theater and the cultural history of early modern Japan.
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The Spirit of Noh

A New Translation of the Classic Noh Treatise the Fushikaden

Author: Zeami

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834828987

Category: Drama

Page: 184

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The Japanese dramatic art of Noh has a rich six-hundred-year history and has had a huge influence on Japanese culture and such Western artists as Ezra Pound and The Japanese dramatic art of Noh has long held a fascination for people both in the East and the West. For six hundred years it has had a huge influence on Japanese culture—and has inspired such Western artists as Ezra Pound and William Butler Yeats. Here is a translation of the Fushikaden, a seminal treatise on Noh by the fifteenth-century actor and playwright Zeami (1363–1443), the most celebrated figure in the art’s history. His writings on Noh were originally secret teachings that were later coveted among the highest ranks of the samurai class and first became available to the general public only in the twentieth century. The Fushikaden is the best known of Zeami’s writings on Noh and it provides practical instruction for actors, gives valuable teachings on the aesthetics and spiritual culture of Japan, and offers a philosophical outlook on life. Along with the Fushikaden, translator William Scott Wilson includes a comprehensive introduction describing the intriguing history behind this enigmatic and influential art form, and also a new translation of one of Zeami’s most moving plays, Atsumori.
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Japanese Drama

Author: Margaret H. Young

Publisher: Eastern Pr


Category: Drama

Page: 359

View: 1774

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How to be a Working Actor

Author: Mari Lyn Henry,Lynne Rogers

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0823088952

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 426

View: 7515

Describes what the decision-makers are looking for during auditions, interviews, or when looking through portfolios and provides advice on using the Internet to search for acting opportunities.
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