NÔ is Japan's classical stage art which combines elements of dance, drama, music and poetry into one highly stylistic and aesthetic performance. It developed into its present form during the 14th and 15th centuries and has since been passed down among professional performers, mainly male and largely among traditional families. Though it was originally performed outdoors, today it is usually performed in indoor NÔ theaters (nohgakudo) in Japan's major cities. There is also a wide following of both male and female amateurs who practice and perform its chant, dance and instruments.

A performance of NÔ consists of one or more individual plays including both the serious NÔ plays which might last from 45 minutes to two hours as well as shorter comic plays known as kyogen which last from 15 to 45 minutes. While the serious NÔ is musical in nature and will have a chorus and instrumental ensemble along with a main character and several secondary characters, kyogen emphasizes humorous dialogue and usually has only two, three or four characters, and only rarely has a chorus and/or instrumental accompaniment.

Darsteller im NÔ-Theater Japan besitzt ein sehr alte und hoch artifizielle Theaterkultur. Die älteste Form ist das NÔ-Theater, als Gesamtkunstwerk aus Tanz, Musik, Sprache und Gesang.

NÔ and kyogen are usually performed alternately on a day's program. Weekday performances often take place in the evening and might consist of only one kyogen play and one NÔ play. On weekends, performances usually take place during the day and often consist of two or three NÔ plays with one or two kyogen plays in between. Short abbreviated dance selections from other plays in the NÔ repertoire will often fill out a full day's performance.

Although NÔ and kyogen have their own separate repertoires, kyogen actors will also appear in narrative interlude roles in NÔ plays, while the NÔ instrumentalists will also sometimes appear in special kyogen plays. The two thus share a common tradition and history as well as training methods.

Öeyama At the Geatstrommontain - NÔ-Theater


juli 2003 The NÔ-Theaters of Osuto visit Bauerbach (Germany)



september to december 2003 Exhibition of NÔ-Costumes from Akira Yamaguchi in Wien (Austria), Oesterreichisches Theatermuseum - opening and events -


januar to april 2004 Exhibition of NÔ-Costumes from Akira Yamaguchi in Munich (Germany), Deutsches Theatermuseum


may to august 2004 Exhibition of the NÔ-costumes of the Akira Yamaguchi in Meiningen (Germany, Thuringia), Schloss Elisabethenburg. 


september to november 2004 Exhibition of NÔ-Costumes from Akira Yamaguchi in Düsseldorf (Germany), Theatermuseum der Landeshauptstadt




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