#3: NOH AND THE ART OF RELATIONSHIP MAINTENANCE
A Noh mask wears a neutral expression.
The carver tries to convey a variety of feelings on its wooden face
But it is the performer who imbues it with emotion.
Terasu – tilt up, and it appears to smile
Kumorasu – tilt down, and a slight frown appears.
Minute movements can convey so much –
A full range of emotional expression
Shades of meaning, all contextual.
Words are a Noh mask and you the performer
No curtain between us – you on the stark stage of our troubled loveAnd I in the audience below.