Developing Zeami: The Noh Actor's Attunement in Practice
Shelley Fenno QuinnISBN: 0824829689;
Book DescriptionThe great noh actor, theorist, and playwright Zeami Motokiyo (ca. 1363-1443) is one of the major figures of world drama. His critical treatises have attracted international attention ever since their publication in the early 1900s. His corpus of work and ideas continues to offer a wealth of insights on issues ranging from the nature of dramatic illusion and audience interest to tactics for composing successful plays to issues of somaticity and bodily training. Shelley Fenno Quinn?simpressive interpretive examination of Zeami?s treatises addresses all of these areas as it outlines the development of the playwright?s ideas on how best to cultivate attunement between performer and audience. Quinn begins by tracing Zeami?s transformation of the largely mimetic stage art of his father?s troupe into a theater of poiesis in which the playwright and actors aim for performances wherein dance and chant are re-keyed to the evocative power of...
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