A form of musical dance-drama that in the fourteenth century emerged as a distinct form of theater from various performing arts, with its plots drawn from legend, history, literature and contemporary events.
The highly elaborate and ritualistic classical theater of Japan, known for its minimalist approach to plot, scenery, and stage effects and the stately performance and Zen-like mastery of its actors; n? means "talent" or "accomplishment." The great master and the orist of N? drama is Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443), who wrote several of the most famous N? plays, including Atsumori and The Lady Aoi.