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Noh is a uniquely Japanese form of musical drama that dates back to at least the 14th century. However, it took 600 years before this performing art surfaced in Western culture — notably with Irish poet William Butler Yeats’ noh-inspired 1917 play “At the Hawk’s Well.”

Afterward, that work was twice revised as classical noh productions — first as “Taka-no-Izumi” (“The Hawk Spring”) in 1949, then as “Takahime”(“The Hawk Princess”) in 1967 — with both versions still often performed in Japan to this day.

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