Noh Drama


[Nicole Tommasini and Rebecca Free in Noh: Medea. Circa 1992. Directed by Michael Curry.]

Resources for Ms. Losen’s students to support the Medea mask project. Some require logging in to JSTOR, AP Source, or other databases. 

Reference Sources

Noh Drama: General

Drama: East Asian Dance and Theatre – article from Encyclopedia of Religion
Humor and Religion in East Asian Contexts – article from Encyclopedia of Religion
KQED Spark video excerpt (13 min 13 sec) from Theatre of Yugen related to Noh techniques
Music and Religion in Japan – article from Encyclopedia of Religion
Noh Theater (Digital Archives of Japan) – includes examples of costumes
Noh plays in English – text from UVA and Ohtsuki Noh Theatre
Shizentai: The Natural Body – article from the Buddhist Society exploring concept of transience
Theatre Nohgaku – brief descriptions of elements of Noh drama

Noh Drama: Masks and Costumes

Japanese Noh Masks – brief article (Pitt Rivers Museum, UK)
Masks of Noh (Japanese Art Council)
Modern Masks by Artist Ichyu Terai (Kyoto)
Noh Costume (The Met)

Greek Theater

Ancient Greek Theater – introductory site by Dr. Wally Englert, Omar and Althea Hoskins Professor of Classics and Humanities, Reed College
Medea – article from Drama for Students
Medea – article from Literature and Its Times
Medea’s Vow – a poem by W.D. Snodgrass
Photos from a 2010 production of Medea: A Noh Cycle written by Carol Sorgenfrei

Facial Expressions

Possible subtopics: gender differences in scanning faces, decoding facial expressions
Computer Maps 21 Emotional Expressions – Even “Happily Disgusted” (Ohio State, 2014) – for more, read an abstract of the related study. Could you tell? Try this quiz from The Guardian newspaper.
Glasses that Read Emotions – one example from the field of affective computing

Related eBooks and Journals

eBooks (EBSCO)
Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan – expand Table of Contents to link to Chapter 9: Performing Arts

Brief Articles

No Business Like Noh Business American Theatre article with brief reference to costumes
Noh Go – Newsweek article about women in modern Noh theater (in WHiC database)

More potential topics

iemoto tradition used to pass on living arts like Noh; Kan’ami and Zeami Motokiyo; Ashikaga Yoshimitsu; and Kyogen farce.
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