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Keiko (稽古)

Practice or training. Noh and kyōgen actors train every day in various ways to build the big repertoires they need to have. Performers do daily practice on their own, but they usually get together to have a run-through (called Mōshiawase) only once before an actual performance. During lessons from teachers, actors often practice chanting and dialogue at the beginning, then proceed to instruction on particular forms. To improve their artistic skill, actors also hold frequent practice meetings (keiko-kai). Zeami emphasized the importance of training in “Fūshi Kaden (The Flowering Spirit),” writing: "Keiko should be done rigorously. No insolence will be tolerated."

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