Folding Fan

I’m thinking about the meaning of fan while watching ‘OKINA 翁’ piece from Noh repertoire.

Open/closed, touched, moving downward/upward, forward/backward, circling, waving, pointing – it communicates with me and I have impression it is a mean of communication between performers on the stage as well. 

Fans are like mobile screens on which subtle shades of feelings, emotions and  inner life are displayed. In their motion the symbolic/metaphoric/abstract manifests; tonal and rhythmic miniatures.


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