Noh Theater Analysis

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The beginning of Noh Theater dates back to 11th century Japan. At this time entertainment was taking a turn toward musical form and dramatic nature. Poetry had been flourishing in Japan for many years, and performance art began to develop by way of influences from China and Korea. Two of these types of entertainment, the sarugaku and the dengaku, merged, and Noh theater blossomed. Saragaku offered a choreographic element, and the dengaku brought an element of the dramatic. A very popular Noh playwright Zeami, brought the art form to popularity during the Muromachi Period (1300-1550).(Brazell) Noh is a unique art form structured around music and dance. The name is derived from nō, which means “talent” or “skill”. It is unlike the Western …show more content…
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