Speaker: Jonah Salz (Professor of Comparative Theatre at Ryukoku University and Co-founder and director of the Noho Theatre Group and Traditional Theatre Training)
Title: “Virtual noh: negotiating the authentic with the fascinating in introducing noh to foreign audiences” (see below for abstract)
Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Venue: Room 217 at Kyodai Kaikan
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Sponsored by the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies
Noh and kyogen has aimed to enlist foreign patrons in its striving for recognition abroad and at home as the highest of humant artistic achievements. First in translations, then in performances for invited foreign dignitaries, finally in tours abroad, noh managed to become well-known among students of Japan and theatre.
In the past few decades, NHK, noh producers, and foreign academics have produced internet sites, video, dvd, and cd-rom aimed at non-Japanese audiences. This lecture examines the various means to present noh virtually, including explanatory tracks, subtitles, documentary, voiceovers, and “behind the scenes” views. At the same time, the power relationships between noh performers and these mediating media will be explored.
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