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Japanese Cultural Dance

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Fariha Ahmed

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THIS IS NOT YOUR
TYPICAL DISCUSSION
ON CREATIVITY
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Japanese Cultural Dance
By Fariha, Sharvika & Cynthia
Japanese
Theater
Japanese Theater has a long, rich history
NOH MAI
There are 4 main traditional Japanese Dances
BUNRAKU
KABUKI
KYOGEN
But We Will Focus On
Noh Mai
Noh theater, also called Nogaku is a form of

Musical Drama
It can be traced back to as far as the Thirteenth Century
The object of a Noh

performance is
to capture the
"beauty of life"
including all
existential
moments.
The plays were only put on to entertain people in the upper classes.

Forms are patterns of body movements that are done elegantly and with beauty.
These dances are put together by a series of forms
Stylistic Features
The music for these dances are made by flutes and small hand drums. At some points the performers dance to vocal and percussion. These points are called
Kuse or Kiri
Costumes are a huge part of the Noh Mai. Sometimes a dance or play may start out slowly so the actors create very colorful costumes to keep the audience interested. The costume represents a certain meaning. The most important part of the costume is the mask. The Noh Mai masks are thought to be the most artistic masks in Japan .


From All The Other
It so Different
Is What Makes
The Costumes
For the Noh Dance
Dances
During a performance, some of the body gestures carry a particular meaning, others are just abstracts.
Also every movement of
hands and feet must follow
set rules. Noh is one of the world's most
carefully controlled theatrical experiences.

The over-all effect is that
of an elaborate ceremony
or a ritual
.
Cultural Importance
The Noh Mai is still considered a living treasure of Japan




It is respected and recognized as the masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity
But also it is inextricably connected with worship and religious rituals.
The theatrical form for this has been much more than just mere entertainment
To translate the concept of spirituality in theater
and to preserve them through vast stretches of time
Noh Mai insisted on strict adherence to tradition, and deemed the theatrical activity itself as sacred
Historical Background
The basic plots of Noh is
made from myths
and classical legends
belonging to its respective
region.
It was created about 1 300 years ago
when a type of performing arts came to perform to Japan from China called Sanguwakas.
So the Noh Mai had basically come from other varieties of performing arts
From generation to generation the dance of Noh has been changing and becoming better with new styles, audiences and designs.
Nowadays, people have turned the dances into plays and added different things to how Noh Mai was performed many years ago

Although each of them is very distinct and unique from the other
The performance could last an entire day.
.
Noh Mai is the most popular and the most frequently performed dance, both in Japan and abroad .
The
End
BIBLIOGRAPHY
http://www.the-noh.com/en/world/dance.html
http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/meet/noh/noh01.html
http://www.facts-about-japan.com/theater.html
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/416766/Noh-theatre
http://japanesetraditional.blogspot.ca/2013/11/types-of-dance.html
http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Japanese_traditional_dance.html

By: Fariha, Sharvika and Cynthia
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