Japenese Theater and Music. Jill Hodder. Noh and Kabuki. There are two primary types of Japanese music for theater: Noh and Kabuki. Both are a distinctive form with different musical conventions. Noh. Noh drama was developed in the fifteenth century during the age of warrior control.
During the entire Noh performance, the musicians of the hayashi kneel on stage, while their musical actions are choreographed as part of the drama alongside the words and gestures of the actors.
The movement of the actors are slow and diliberate
However, there were scandals concerning the relations between noblemen and the actresses that led to this form of theater to be only performed by men, just like Noh.
Unlike the Noh drama, which looked back into the glory days of the middle ages, Kabuki pays attention on the present.