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Berlin in Tokyo: Senda Koreya, Brecht, Shakespeare

Berlin in Tokyo: Senda Koreya, Brecht, Shakespeare

Colloquium with Thomas Rimer, 2005-2006 Paul I. Terasaki Chair.

Monday, February 13, 2006
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Faculty Center
Hacienda Room
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The following program is available online and viewable in Streaming RealPlayer, courtesy of UCTV.

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Senda Koreya (1904-1994) during the span of his long and active life, witnessed every vicissitude in the growing pains of the modern Japanese theatre, and his contributions did much to insure its ultimate success. His years in Germany in the 1920s led him to Marxist commitments and imprisonment in Japan during the war years, and his postwar company the Actor’s Theatre (the Haiyûza) remained in the forefront of theatrical experiments in the early decades of the postwar period.

Senda’s profound fascination with the work of the German playwright Bertolt Brecht led him to a direct a famous production of The Three-Penny Opera. Yet Brecht, like Senda, was fascinated with Shakespeare, and it was the joint inspiration gained from his work with these two European playwrights that led Senda to his mature vision of what the theatre can accomplish, commitments he explored in his production of Hamlet. In this sense, Senda provides the essential link between the early, prewar ideals of the modern theatre movement and the multi-faceted accomplishments of contemporary theatre in Japan today.

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