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Iroe (イロエ)

One of the movements of Noh (when hayashi is added to the movement of the performers). Most iroe involve a female actor quietly moving around the stage, and it plays an introductory role to the following kuse or dance. However, there are many exceptions, such as a male actor dance, or theiroe being danced after the kuse. Iroe can be written either in katakana or with two different kanji meaning “color.” There are also iroe kogaki (a type of special performance), and where the kogaki is indicated iroe is included. Plays with iroe include Kakitsubata, Sakuragawa, Hanagatami and Yoroboshi. Plays where the kanji version of the iroe kogaki is included include Kinuta and Sotobakomachi.

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