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|Noh / Kyogen Performance|
|Noh or Nohgaku is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama
that has been performed since the 14th century. Many characters are maskrd, with men playing male and female roles. The repertories is normally
limited to a specific set of historical plays. A Noh performance often lasts all day and consists of fine Noh plays interspersed with shorter, humorous
While the field of Noh performance is extremely codified with an emphasis on tradition rather than innovation, some performers do compose new plays or revive historical ones that are not a part of the standard repertoire. Works blending Noh with other theatrical traditions have also been produced.
|Kyogen is a form of traditional Japanese theater. It developed alongside noh, was performed along with noh as an intermission of sorts between noh acts, and retains close links to noh in the modern day; therefore, it is sometimes designated noh-kyogen. However, its content is not at all similar to the formal, symbolic, and solemn noh theater; kyogen is a comical form, and its primary goal is to make its audience laugh.|