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In Session: Researching Performance in Digital Scholarship: Three Case Studies
3: Noh as Intermedia. A Web-based Publication and Research Environment
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
8:30am – 10:00am EDT
Stanford University, United States
Noh Theater creates its meanings from interactions of multiple layers – visual: staging, costume, movement; textual: poetry, story-telling; and aural, vocal and instrumental music. Most common formats of publication about Noh adhere to the tradition of text-based linear arguments and often focus on a chosen layer of the experience. The website Noh as Intermedia, was developed to offer an alternative to this paradigm. It analyzes Noh plays as intermedia and illustrates its points with video. Links within the analytical text update the time location of the video to show the discussed fragment. Performance style and nuances of expressive inflections are revealed by instant (“side-by-side”) comparison of analogous but contrasting materials between two plays. The interlinked materials include introductions to Noh elements, catalogs of musical and movement patterns, interactive libretto, notation of intermedia layers, and clickable formal graphs. The interactivity and non-linearity of the website encourage exploration of multiple formal levels and with depth that matches the interests of the reader. As such, the environment can serve as an educational as well as a research tool idiomatic for intermedia and Noh.