Noh - Roles

Roles

There are four major categories of Noh performers: shite, waki, kyōgen, and hayashi.

  1. Shite (仕手, シテ). In plays where the shite appears first as a human and then as a ghost, the first role is known as the maeshite and the later as the nochishite.
    • Shitetsure (仕手連れ, シテヅレ). The shite's companion. Sometimes shitetsure is abbreviated to tsure (連れ, ツレ), although this term refers to both the shitetsure and the wakitsure.
    • Kōken (後見) are stage hands, usually one to three people.
    • Jiutai (地謡) is the chorus, usually comprising six to eight people.
  2. Waki (脇, ワキ) performs the role that is the counterpart or foil of the shite.
    • Wakitsure (脇連れ, ワキヅレ) or Waki-tsure is the companion of the waki.
  3. Kyōgen (狂言) perform the aikyōgen (相狂言) interludes during plays. Kyōgen actors also perform in separate plays between individual noh plays.
  4. Hayashi (囃子) or hayashi-kata (囃子方) are the instrumentalists who play the four instruments used in Noh theater: the transverse flute (笛, fue?), hip drum (大鼓, ōtsuzumi?) or ōkawa (大皮?), the shoulder-drum (小鼓, kotsuzumi?), and the stick-drum (太鼓, taiko ?). The flute used for noh is specifically called nōkan or nohkan (能管?).

A typical Noh play always involve the chorus, the orchestra, and at least one shite and one waki actor.

Read more about this topic:  Noh

Other articles related to "roles, role":

Malayalam Cinema - Supporting Roles
... In the early times of Malayalam cinema, supporting roles, though mostly donned by established theatre artists, did not have any noted supporting actors ... Some of them had short careers with title roles as well ...
Valerie Masterson
... Although she performed a wide variety of roles, she was best known for her roles in the French repertoire and the works of Handel, as well as Gilbert and Sullivan ... Her recordings include, in addition to many opera roles, operettas and musical theatre ...
Brad Garrett
... He has appeared in numerous television and film roles ... success in the late 1980s, Garrett began appearing in television and film, in minor and guest roles ... His first major role was Robert Barone on the CBS series Everybody Loves Raymond ...
Object Oriented Role Analysis And Modeling
... The Object Oriented Role Analysis and Modeling (OOram) is a method, based on the concept of role, for performing object-oriented modeling ... Originally (1989) coined Object Oriented Role Analysis, Synthesis and Structuring (OORASS), the method focuses on describing patterns of interaction without ... are proposed Area of concern view Textual description of a phenomenon represented in the role model ...
Venus And Adonis (opera) - Roles
... Role Voice type Premiere Cast Cupid soprano Lady Mary Tudor Venus soprano Mary (Moll) Davies Adonis baritone Shepherd contralto or countertenor Shepherdess ...

Famous quotes containing the word roles:

    A concern with parenting...must direct attention beyond behavior. This is because parenting is not simply a set of behaviors, but participation in an interpersonal, diffuse, affective relationship. Parenting is an eminently psychological role in a way that many other roles and activities are not.
    Nancy Chodorow (20th century)

    It was always the work that was the gyroscope in my life. I don’t know who could have lived with me. As an architect you’re absolutely devoured. A woman’s cast in a lot of roles and a man isn’t. I couldn’t be an architect and be a wife and mother.
    Eleanore Kendall Pettersen (b. 1916)

    Productive collaborations between family and school, therefore, will demand that parents and teachers recognize the critical importance of each other’s participation in the life of the child. This mutuality of knowledge, understanding, and empathy comes not only with a recognition of the child as the central purpose for the collaboration but also with a recognition of the need to maintain roles and relationships with children that are comprehensive, dynamic, and differentiated.
    Sara Lawrence Lightfoot (20th century)