jo-ha-kyū

序破急 (じょはきゅう)

“preface-breakup-rush”‘; Japanese compositional principle [aesthetic] of introduction – development – ending; used widely in Japanese arts, e.g. Gagaku, Noh, Haiku, Iaido; a basic organizing and developmental principle for each layer of a performance; it may be applied to a single line or strike, an entire scene or series and a complete play or performance, each layer building on the other as it moves through space and time (ma), becoming the finished piece (naru).

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