America's Japan and Japan's Performing Arts
Cultural Mobility and Exchange in New York, 1952-2011
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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This book is a study of the images and myths that have defined and shaped the reception of Japan-related theater, music, and dance in the United States since the postwar 1950s. In the mid-1980s, at the height of fierce ...
1. America’s Kabuki-Japan
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Against the backdrop of a cold-war imperative to secure Japan as an American friend in Asia through projects of cultural diplomacy, three Pulitzer Prize winners—playwright-novelist ... Paul Green, producer-director- playwright Joshua Logan, and novelist-journalist James Michener—turned ....
2. “America’s Japan,” the Performing Arts, and Japan Society, New York
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“In this modern era, where boundaries—national, cultural and conceptual— are constantly bent and traversed, Japanese culture is no longer confined to the geographical borders of Japan,” Japan Society told readers of ...
3. De-familiarizing Japan at La MaMa E.T.C.
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“The brilliant theatrical and dramatic upsurge in Japan in the late 1960s truly merits the appellation ‘renaissance,’” Yasunari Takahashi has written. “It brought about a revolutionary change in the concept of theatrical representation, if not in the actual structure...
4. Claiming the New, Reclaiming the Old in “Music From Japan”
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“Today, the number of Oriental music students in this country has multiplied manyfold, and there has been a notable increase in soloists and orchestra players from Japan and South Korea (and, so far, a few from ...
5. Lincoln Center Festival’s Japan
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“The processes of globalization,” Patrick Lonergan has written, “have contributed to a subsequent festivalization of the performing arts industry, transforming festivals into the preferred sites for the promotion and ...
6. Negotiating the Foreign: Language, American Audiences, and Theater from Japan
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In his critically acclaimed US theatrical debut in 1979, Kobo Abe delivered a provocative collage of words, images, and sound. Onstage, amid the mutating figures of actors draped in large cloths, seemingly random English-language words and sentences were projected onto “costumes and ...
7. Closure and Counterpoint: The JapanNYC Festival, the Earthquake and Tsunami Benefit Concerts, and Circuits of Mobility and Exchange, 2010-2011
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In his introduction to Cultural Mobility: A Manifesto Stephen Greenblatt cites the “urgent need to rethink fundamental assumptions about the fate of culture in an age of global mobility.” Some cultures, he notes, “are ...
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Page Count: 280
Illustrations: 15 color images
Publication Year: 2013