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Two-Day Symposium on Tradition and Fusion: The Arts of Noh and Kyogen Theater

Two-Day Symposium on Tradition and Fusion: The Arts of Noh and Kyogen Theater

Held in collaboration with the UCLA Center for Japanese Studies and in conjunction with the exhibition Miracles and Mischief: Noh and Kyogen Theater in Japan, organized by LACMA and the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.

Saturday, December 14, 2002
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LACMA
Leo S. Bing Theater, LACMA East
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

This Triennial R. L. Shep Symposium on Textiles and Dress is held in collaboration with the UCLA Center for Japanese Studies and in conjunction with the exhibition Miracles and Mischief: Noh and Kyogen Theater in Japan, organized by LACMA and the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.

 

Lectures and demonstrations of traditional theater genres are scheduled for the first day of the symposium, and noh and kyogen literature, the history of masks, weaving techniques, costuming, patronage, and music will be among the topics discussed. The second day focuses on contemporary experimental and fusion performances inspired by noh and kyogen traditions. The history and theory of Japanese-Western fusion theater, a discussion and performance of excerpts from Yeats' At the Hawk's Well, and a screening of The Dybbuk/Between Two Worlds are among the subjects to be covered.

 

The gathering of esteemed speakers will include: Ofer Ben-Amots, associate professor of music, Colorado College; Monica Bethe, professor, Otani University, and adjunct professor, Stanford Japan Center, Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies; David Crandall, noh performer, composer, playwright, and workshop lecturer; Richard Emmert, professor of Asian music and theater, Musashino Women's University, and Kita school noh instructor; Tom Hare, professor of comparative literature, Princeton University; Kawakami Shigeki, professor of Japanese art and textile history, Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, and former curator of textiles, Kyoto National Museum; Kirihata Ken, professor of art history, Otemae University, Osaka, and curator emeritus of textiles, Kyoto National Museum; Matsui Akira, Kita school noh performer and instructor; Carolyn Anne Morley, professor of Japanese language and literature and chair of the Japanese department, Wellesley College; Nagasaki Iwao, professor of art, Kyoritsu Women's University, and former curator of textiles, Tokyo National Museum; Jonah Salz, founder and director of NOHO, a Kyoto-based noh-fusion performance group; Zvika Serper, senior lecturer, department of theater arts and the department of East Asian studies, Tel Aviv University; Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei, professor of theater, UCLA; Sharon Sadako Takeda, senior curator and department head, costume and textiles, LACMA; and Tanabe Saburosuke, director of Machida Municipal Museum and professor of art, Musashino University of Art.

 

The R.L. Shep Triennial Symposia are supported by the R.L. Shep Symposium Endowment for Costume and Textiles. Additional support is provided by the UCLA Center for Japanese Studies, the Georges and Germaine Fusenot Charity Foundation, the Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Partnership, the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, the Textile Group of Los Angeles TGLAinc., and Textile Museum Associates of Southern California, Inc.

Cost: Admission is free, but reservations are required.

Special Instructions

Admission is free, but reservations are required. For reservations, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Ticket Sales LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036 Or e-mail scardenas@lacma.org. Please indicate the day or days you wish to attend, the number of tickets needed, and your name and address. For program information, e-mail arcione@lacma.org or call 323-857-6081.

For more information please contact

S. Cardenas
Tel: (323) 857-6081
scardenas@lacma.org
www.lacma.org

Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

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