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THE THEATRE RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY TO MEN
Noh theatre Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
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THE THEATRE RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY TO MEN

The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra will turn, for one night only, into a butai: a theatre stage presented as a shrine, its Shinto or traditional roof balanced on five pillars.
Here is the preamble to Noh, one of the oldest form of Japanese traditional theatre, its origins and codes going back more than 6oo years… Songs and dance create a poetic harmony, skilfully weaving a drama in the story. Expect mesmerizing beauty: heavy, sumptuous silks are used for the costumes, masks sculpted in cypress wood, painted and lacquered will be worn by the Shite, the main character. Each detail is linked to a symbol.
This art, listed by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage, was originally more of a rural, popular entertainment. Then favoured by Samurais and Shoguns, it gained in refinement.
Sometimes the mask may give you the impression a woman is playing on stage – an illusion. One of Noh’s particularity is to be exclusively performed by men.

Noh performance: Funa-Benkei
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Tuesday, September 26 – 8.30 pm
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