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Shinsaku (新作)

Noh and kyōgen plays written after the Meiji era are known as Shinsaku, or “new works” (shinsaku-noh, shinsaku-kyōgen) to differentiate them from the classical works (genkō-kyoku). Some Shinsaku rework classical productions, while some take up current issues. Some have gained such popularity that they have been performed repeatedly. The creation of Shinsaku plays calls for a sort of energy traditional arts seem to lose, an energy which gives the performers and the audience a new perspective and emotional response, providing a valuable opportunity to reconsider the classics. Plays that haven’t been performed for a long time and are revived to be performed again are known as fuk'kyoku, or “revived plays.”

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