Event on Katarimono at Kyoto City University of the Arts

Event on katari (narration) in Japanese medieval performing arts. Prof. Fujita Takanori from Kyoto City University of the Arts talked about two traditions still performed today: Kōwaka-mai in Fukuoka and Daimokudate in Nara. Fujita analyzed musical aspects of the chant-narration such as melody and meter. It was interesting to compare styles of chant that are …

Japanese Performance Theory Workshop at University of Michigan

I repost here information on the forthcoming Japanese Performance Theory Workshop at University of Michigan, organized by Prof. Reginald Jackson. This looks like a wonderful chance to start thinking about how we could build bridges between the scholarship on Japanese theatre, often based on a literary/historical approach, and the rich variety of methodologies that have become common practice …

Symposium and Performance Demonstration Interactive Interplay: Waki and Ai-Kyōgen Roles in Noh

JPARC - Japanese Performing Arts Resource Center Lecture Series ARC - Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University Symposium and Performance Demonstration Interactive Interplay: Waki and Ai-Kyōgen Roles in Noh Date November 17, 2015 15:00-20:00 Place: Ritsumeikan University, Kinugasa Campus. Art Research Center. Multipurpose room.。 This event consists of two parts. The afternoon symposium (in English with discussion in …

Towards a Community of ‘Amateur Creativity’ Research?

Here is a great review of the symposium ‘Amateur Creativity: Inter-disciplinary Perspectives’ – delighted to read that my paper on Amateurs in Noh Theatre was so well received!

Get Creative Research

Within days of beginning the Get Creative Research Project we came across the AHRC funded initiative, ‘Amateur Dramatics: Crafting Communities in Time and Space’, and were excited to find that a symposium coming out of the project would be taking place at the University of Warwick in mid-September. The Amateur Dramatics project – of which Helen Nicholson is the Principle Investigator – is a collaboration between Royal Holloway and the Universities of Exeter and Warwick, where co-Investigators Jane Milling and Nadine Holdsworth are based respectively. The project also involves two PhD projects, undertaken by Cara Gray and Sarah Penny.

Attending the symposium in Warwick on 17th and 18th September was a great opportunity to hear more about the work of the Amateur Dramatics initiative, and to engage with the work of researchers within theatre studies (and some from other disciplines, including media studies and anthropology) whose research…

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Basic questions

The other day a Noh scholar asked me if I didn't feel uncomfortable with Asian actors taking roles in opera productions. The question implied the fact that it is normal for the Japanese to be uncomfortable with non-Japanese taking roles in Noh theatre, and was supposed to merit a positive answer. My answer was simply …

Noh theatre and adaptation

Theatre and Adaptation: Return, Rewrite, Repeat (Bloomsbury Methuen), edited by Margherita Laera, is out today! I have contributed to the book with the interview 'Conservative Adaptation in Japanese Noh: Udaka Michishige in Conversation with Diego Pellecchia'. Instead of looking at adaptations of Noh plays by other theatre genres, or adaptations of other plays through the Noh …

Beyond the Black and White

On Wednesday May 21st 2014 at 18:00 I will present my current research in an event part of the Kyoto Lectures series, organised by the ISEAS/EFEO. The lecture will be held at the Institute for Research in Humanities (IRH), Kyoto University (seminar room 1, 1st floor). Free entry, booking not required. Beyond the Black and White: Amateurs and Professionals in …

Amateurs at the heart of Noh – 能の中核をなす「素人」

As part of my year at the Art Research Centre at Ritsumeikan University under the Japan Foundation Fellowship Programme, I have been asked to write a brief article about my current research on the role of amateurs in the world of Noh. The article is available both in English and in Japanese on the Japan …