Snippet from Pagoda

I didn't dare taking pictures during the performance, however here is how the stage looked like before it began. One of the most interesting aspects of the performance was the hanging scroll-like matsubame, painted by Nihonga artist Allan West.

Some reflections on the Symposium Japanese Theatre Transcultural

I am back from the Symposium Japanese Theatre Transcultural: German and Italian Perspectives held in Trier University in collaboration with Università Cà Foscari, Venice 27-29 November 2009. Thanks to a wonderful organisation and to the good-will of a good number of students from the Japanologie department (from Germany, Belgium, Japan, etc) the conference was a …

Candle crowns

              Following up my previous post, and since December festivals are getting closer, I could not help associating the madwoman of the Noh play Kanawa 鉄輪 and the Scandinavian representation of St. Lucia. Obviously the two iron crowns with candles have very different meanings - while the Japanese is …

Fellini – Intervista

 A still from Federico Fellini's Intervista (1987), portraying actor Marcello Mastroianni in equivocal attitude with a ko-omote mask. I find the picture rather disturbing - Fellini style.

Japanese Theatre Transcultural: German and Italian Perspectives

Next week I will talk at the International Symposium Japanese Theatre Transcultural: German and Italian Perspectives 27 - 29 November 2009. Universität Trier, Germany. Here is the abstract of my paper, entitled 'The International Noh Institute of Milan: Transmission of Ethics and Ethics of Transmission in the transnational Context'.The paper explores the intersection of aesthetics and …

The end of it all

If there is something Noh teaches, and is really good at it, is to fight against expectations. What is an expectation? The logic conclusion of a process based on the probability of this occurrence to happen - this is mathematics. The possible conclusion of a process based on our hopes for this occurrence to happen …

In a Station of The Metro

The apparition of these faces in the crowd: Petals on a wet, black bough. Ezra Pound (1913) Ezra Pound wrote this imagist poem the same year he started to review the notes on Noh left by Ernest Fenollosa.

Performing shimai abroad

18/09/09Launch of the Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research at Royal Holloway University of London.From the university website:'The Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research, in operation from 2009, is a key feature of the Department’s research strategy. It fosters research across a range of historical, geographical, political and methodological spheres to advance cutting-edge …

Cleaning up

Studying Noh theatre requires a little bit of housekeeping before you start. Cleaning means preparing a space for someone or for something to come and getting ready to receive it. As a host prepares to receive a guest, the body and the mind of the trainee (and here we could argue on the distinction made) …