Definition of Noh in English:


(also No)


mass noun
  • Traditional Japanese masked drama with dance and song, evolved from Shinto rites.

    ‘a Noh play’
    • ‘The Japanese tradition of Noh theatre depends on a strong connection between dance and architecture.’
    • ‘Transfixed, Gilbert observes wool spinning, calligraphic lettering, and sword fighting, as well as performances of music, dance, and Noh drama.’
    • ‘‘The Cat and the Moon’ is a comedy about two beggars, one blind the other lame, which makes use of the techniques Yeats adapted from the Japanese Noh style of theatre.’
    • ‘What is most surprising in the film is Ono's voice, which not only mimics the whine of a fly in flight but also, according to Munroe, echoes the sound of the flute that punctuates every dramatic fluctuation in traditional Japanese Noh drama.’
    • ‘The Japanese Noh was a drama of soliloquy and reminiscence, rather than one of conflict, in which the actor's stylized movements and stamping provided a rhythmic accompaniment to his narrative, with subjects taken from myth and legend.’
    • ‘Mishima, whom Western countries know more as a novelist, wanted to be a dramatist first and foremost, as a great admirer of the classical tragedy as well as the traditional Japanese Noh play, from which he drew a good part of his inspiration.’
    • ‘The display of Japanese Noh was brilliant in transcending some of the problems of negotiating form, costume, and performance.’
    • ‘This film is heavily influenced by the sparse sets and rigid character archetypes found in Japanese Noh theater.’
    • ‘The essence of all these plays is in the absolute starkness, as in Noh drama or Yeats.’
    • ‘It is said that Japan today lives with three classical performing arts - Noh, Puppet Theatre and Kabuki.’
    • ‘In modern Japan, directors like Ninagawa and Suzuki have tapped the energies underlying theatrical traditions of Noh and Kabuki to make Shakespeare texts seem both contemporary and international.’
    • ‘The traditional dolls are commonly the personification of assorted Japanese characters, the Noh theater actors and actress, Kabuki players, and women in various activities that mainly reflect their femininity.’
    • ‘‘There are other styles of drumming in Japan, such as the Noh or Kabuki theatrical styles, but they demand a more refined ear,’ says troupe spokesman Bob Ward.’
    • ‘Waley and Pound both undertook their translations of Classical Chinese poetry and Japanese Noh plays during the First World War.’
    • ‘For instance, a single production may feature actors from six countries, speaking in as many languages and performing in as many styles, from modern punk to Thai dance and Japanese Noh.’
    • ‘We also have the largest collection of Japanese Noh theater costumes outside of Japan.’
    • ‘Paul had a lively interest in Japanese culture and was a frequent guest in the Noh and Kabuki theaters.’
    • ‘He has studied Noh and directed several film shorts.’
    • ‘He was inspired by Japanese Noh drama in his use of slow, stylized body movements.’
    • ‘The Japanese Noh also antedates many developments in contemporary theater, such as no scenery, symbolic use of props and the appearance of non-actors on the stage.’
    no, refusal, rejection, veto
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