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Noh stage in the forest

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Kuma designed this stage for construction in woodland outside the city of Toyama which has its own distinctive form of this traditional theatrical art. The stage and the audience seating are covered by a single roof but stones, placed outside the stage and between the two, create a clear distinction - appropriately, since the Noh stage represents the world of death, and the audience seating the world of life. Kuma's aim, instead of building a stage in the conventional sense, was to create 'a garden for the performance'. A vertical partition of cedar slats creates a barrier between the garden and the city.

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