Noh to now: traditions and counter-traditions in Japanese performance

    • 	Image: Nō mask Aka (red) hannya, Edo period, 18th–19th century, National Noh Theatre
    • Lecture series

      Lecture / symposium

Against the backdrop of the exhibition Theatre of dreams, theatre of play: nō and kyōgen in Japan, this series looks at a selection of genres from Japan’s rich spectrum of performing arts.

The lectures reach across centuries — from nō (noh), as a legacy of the middle ages, through to the contemporary phenomenon of Hatsune Miku – to explore both canonised and marginal artforms, and the histories, tensions and paradoxes that have shaped them.

As a whole, the series unpacks Japanese approaches to expression, ultimately offering us new ways of understanding what performance is… or can be.

Sponsored and programmed by the Japan Foundation, Sydney

Wednesdays 6 pm
23 July and 6-27 August 2014

Free

More information on the Japan Foundation website

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium

Related exhibition: Theatre of dreams, theatre of play

Related galleries: Asian galleries

 
The Japan Foundation

Image: Nō mask Aka (red) hannya, Edo period, 18th–19th century, National Noh Theatre

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      Wednesday 23 July 6pm – 7pm

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      Dr Adam Broinowski, postdoctoral research fellow, School of Culture, History and Language at the Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University

    • Noh and the aesthetics of restraint

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      Wednesday 6 August 6pm – 7pm

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      Naohiko Umewaka, noh master and professor at Shizuoka University of Arts and Culture

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      Wednesday 13 August 6pm – 7pm

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      Shun Ikeda, head of the Japan Centre, Australian National University

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      Wednesday 20 August 6pm – 7pm

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      Dr Yuji Sone, lecturer and performance researcher, Macquarie University

    • The allure of gender-bending musical theatre

      Free

      Wednesday 27 August 6pm – 7pm

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      Dr Leonie Stickland, lecturer in Japanese, Murdoch University, and author Gender gymnastics: performing and consuming Japan’s Takarazuka Revue.