No Drama theater was born in the 14th century and quickly became fashionable among the highest aristocracy. No Drama was initially focused on the upper class and not available to the general population. Nowadays, of course, the performance of No theatre can be visited by anyone, but still, you need to sense chosen and understand what happens on the stage, where every nuance is filled with a deep and incomprehensible sense to a casual viewer.
For centuries, the theater has evolved into a powerful national tradition and filled with the fullness of aesthetic miniature museum. Simple, but with a deeper meaning, decoration of a stage emphasizes the depth of feelings of masks with colorful or ordinary kimono. And masks and kimonos are handed down from generation to generation within each school.
To the accompaniment of the choir, drums and flutes the main protagonist, Cité, tells stories from the life of mortals and spirits, gods and demons, won and lost battles, murderers and Buddhist monks of archaic Japan. The archaic language of the drama deepens the great mystery of masks.
The performance generally lasts from about 3.5 hours to 5 hours and consists of several plays, punctuated by small thumbnails about simple life of Kyogen and refined dancing of plays No.
Usually, the performances of No Drama given in special theaters. Recently, however, the performances happen outdoors as well, Takigi again gains popularity among the Japanese.
No Dram performances are not aimed at a realistic transfer of space and time. Scanty decoration of a stage (if any) and at first glance monotonous movements of actors are called to awaken the imagination of the audience. The actor can make only a few steps on the stage, but from the replica and the chorus melody, the audience should understand that the character has gone a long way. The characters of the play may be a stone’s throw from each other, but they feel the presence only when face each other.
The literature for No Drama plays is taken from works of classical Japanese and Chinese literature. The main sources were the following: the collection of verses of the 8th century Man’yoshu; collections of ancient and modern poetry; a collection of Japanese and Chinese poetry; chronicles of Kojiki and Nihon Shoki; collection of Indian, Chinese and Japanese stories of the 12th century; military stories; a collection of stories about love affairs of Ariwara-no Narihira including waka poetry he wrote; a novel by Murasaki Shikibu; epic about the brothers of the Soga genus; legends and stories that tell about the origins of shrines and temples; Buddhist stories; Ono no Komachi poetry; Chinese legends.
No Drama theater was born in the 14th century and quickly became fashionable among the highest aristocracy. No Drama was initially focused on the upper class and not available to the general population.