Art of Ninzuwu Noh Theatre


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Noh theatre, Noh also spelled No,  traditional Japanese theatrical form and one of the oldest extant theatrical forms in the world. Noh derived from the word , meaning “talent” or “skill. Noh can be divided into five different categories: god, man, woman, mad-woman, demon as known as shin nan nyo kyō ki. In a full noh program, on noh from each category would be played. This is known as goban date. The tradition of gobandate was developed in the Edo period.

The Art of Ninzuwu Noh Theatre will merge the many types of Noh play styles to represent the three aspects of the mind. The performance will be done same as the mind the three scenes(consciousness) entwining to make one. The Main the Conscious perception the front of the stage the will be the (acting subtle movement normal preception ) . The sub conscious the middle back stage (The martial art fighting, the mask, the super natural/ imagination aspect,) and the super conscious (Narrative, backhround,the music, singing or graceful dance beautiful divine aspect, scenery). mixture of haiku, short stories , narrative performances, and songs. Revised Noh Plays


Types of Ninzuwu Noh stage positioning

In the art of Ninzuwu noh every play will have the three stage perspective represent the three aspects of the mind. The conscious, sub conscious, and super conscious also known as the background or scenery , middle stage, and front stage.

super conscious or background will favor more the first type of noh play called the Waki-noh, the kami (“god”) play. Which involves sacred stories of Shintō shrine; representing mostly deities who bless the land with peace and bountiful harvests. In this section deities perform the creation of the background through a dance using stage props to create the atmosphere. Such as posing as the sun or tree, unraveling the sky (draping a decorative curtain), Making it snow (sprinkling snowflakes) making it storm, creating thunder or lighting.

Sub conscious or middle stage will favor more the second type of Noh play called the nan or shura mono “fighting play” usually the spirits of warriors who have fallen into the realm of the warring hell after death or a world of eternal struggle within Buddhist philosophy.

In this section the ancient martial art of ninzuwu Ame-no-Ukihashi-no-mikoto portrays the energy and force of the story seen more as a dance of internal expression by the spirit of the character. Which can vary by the mood of the scene, this section shows the spirit of the characters. For example a demon might look like a gentle souls, gentle people like monsters all relating the story direction.

Conscious or front stage will favor more the fourth type of Noh play called the gendai mono (“present-day play”), in which the story is contemporary and “realistic” rather than legendary and supernatural. This is the section is where the actual play is played out in its actual from ,the main stage where acting subtle movement and normal perception of the play is done; the true story takes place here.