Asian Theatre Journal

Asian Theatre Journal
Volume 22, Number 2, Fall 2005

CONTENTS

Play

    Kodi, I Ketut.
    Sedana, I Nyoman, tr.
    Foley, Kathy, 1947-, tr.
  • Topeng Sidha Karya: A Balinese Mask Dance Performed by I Ketut Kodi with I Gusti Putu Sudarta, I Nyoman Sedana, and I Made Sidia in Sidha Karya, Badung, Bali, 16 October 2002
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    Subject Headings:
    • Drama.
    Abstract:
      After a terrorist bomb exploded in the Sari Club at Kuta Beach, Bali, in October 2002, a topeng performance of Sidha Karya (literally "completing the ritual work") was presented by I Ketut Kodi and other faculty members from STSI-Denpasar, the Indonesian University of the Arts. The mask dance performance, held at the village of Sidha Kaya in Badung, Bali, was an exorcistic response to the terrorist attack and probed Balinese responses to the event. The introduction gives background on the story and analyzes the way the narrative reflected both current social issues and traditional Balinese philosophy.

Interviews

    Kodi, I Ketut.
    Foley, Kathy, 1947-
    Sedana, I Nyoman.
  • Balinese Mask Dance from the Perspective of a Master Artist: I Ketut Kodi on Topeng
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kodi, I Ketut -- Interviews.
    • Topeng Sunda -- Indonesia -- Bali Island.
    Abstract:
      After a terrorist bomb exploded in the Sari Club at Kuta Beach, Bali, in October 2002, a topeng performance of Sidha Karya (literally "completing the ritual work") was presented by I Ketut Kodi and other faculty members from STSI-Denpasar, the Indonesian University of the Arts. The mask dance performance, held at the village of Sidha Kaya in Badung, Bali, was an exorcistic response to the terrorist attack and probed Balinese responses to the event. The introduction gives background on the story and analyzes the way the narrative reflected both current social issues and traditional Balinese philosophy.
    Thowok, Didik Nini.
    Ross, Laurie Margot.
  • Mask, Gender, and Performance in Indonesia: An Interview with Didik Nini Thowok
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    Subject Headings:
    • Thowok, Didik Nini -- Interviews.
    • Topeng Sunda -- Indonesia.
    Abstract:
      Contemporary mask performer Didik Nini Thowok carries on a venerable tradition of Javanese female impersonation by a male dancer. His study of cross-gender performance throughout Asia and the world fuels his playful, modern performance, presented in solo mask dances that combine mysterious androgyny and comic sexual impersonation.

Articles

    Coldiron, Margaret.
  • Lions, Witches, and Happy Old Men: Some Parallels between Balinese and Japanese Ritual Masks
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    Subject Headings:
    • Masks -- Japan.
    • Masks -- Indonesia -- Bali Island.
    Abstract:
      Margaret Coldiron is an actress, teacher, and theatre director. She received her PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London, and is a specialist in actor training and performance ethnography. She is the author of Trance and Transformation of the Actor in Japanese Noh and Balinese Masked Dance-Drama (2004).
    Fukushima, Yoshiko.
  • Masks, Interface of Past and Future: Nomura Mannojo's Shingigaku
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    Subject Headings:
    • Nomura, Mannojo, 1959-2004. Shingigaku.
    • Gigaku -- Japan.
    • Gigaku masks -- Japan.
    Abstract:
      Kyōgen actor Nomura Mannojō developed Shingigaku ("true" gigaku), a performance that, through research in East and Central Asia, attempted to revitalize the mask performance genre of Japan's seventh to thirteenth centuries. Inspired by twentieth-century European work that resurrected commedia dell'arte, he studied the masks and researched performances of Chinese, Tibetan, Bhutanese, Uygur, and Korean culture to devise his 2001 performance. His search for the sources of Japanese theatre in pan-Asian models was cut short by his death in June 2004.
    Thorpe, Ashley.
  • Only Joking? The Relationship between the Clown and Percussion in Jingju
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    Subject Headings:
    • Operas, Chinese -- History and criticism.
    • Clowns -- China.
    • Drum -- China.
    Abstract:
      The prime function of the clown (chou) in jingju (Beijing "opera") has often been considered as light entertainment, but there is evidence that could support a different interpretation. The clown is associated with the origin of Chinese acting, and performance shows a fundamental relationship between the clown and drumming which comes from shamanism. While other martial roles share some of the tie to percussion, the improvisational freedom of the clown, the customary verse the clown uses, drumming, and parallels to Taoist ritual music may point back to shamanistic roots. If this is true, the clown's comedy may come from exorcism and not only joking.

Emerging Scholar Paper

    Lim, Eng-Beng.
  • The Mardi Gras Boys of Singapore's English-Language Theatre
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sharma, Haresh. Mardi Gras.
    • Necessary Stage (Firm)
    • Gays in the performing arts -- Singapore.
    • Theater and society -- Singapore.
    • Carnival.
    Abstract:
      This short paper is extracted from a larger project that explores colonial and intercultural queer encounters in performance. Focusing on Singapore as a transnational site, I study how Mardi Gras is appropriated and staged in a local English-language production of the same name, as well as in a large-scale queer party in Singapore, regarded as "Asia's Mardi Gras." Singapore's Mardi Gras boys perform the city-state's uncertain and superficial transformation from patriarchal father-state to "Asia's new gay capital" in its bid to attract global queer capital in the form of creative talent and pink-dollar industries. Mardi Gras boys are a lens through which to consider the larger social and global ramifications of the staging of queer boys in this global city-state.

Reports

    Li, Ruru.
  • Chinese-Speaking Theatre In Perspective: A Symposium
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    Subject Headings:
    • Theater -- China -- Hong Kong -- Congresses.
    • Theater -- China -- Congresses.
    • Theater -- Singapore -- Congresses.
    • Theater -- Taiwan -- Congresses.
    Abstract:
      A symposium on the last ten years of Chinese theatre in Hong Kong shows the diversity of modern drama in Taiwan, the People's Republic, Hong Kong, and Singapore and points to a rapidly changing future.
    Burns, Lucy Mae San Pablo, 1971-
  • Woman and the Changing World on Alternative Global Stage: Sixth Women Playwrights International Conference
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    Subject Headings:
    • Women Playwrights International Conference (6th : 2003 : Manila, Philippines)
    • Drama festivals.
    Abstract:
      This review focuses on the sixth Women Playwrights International (WPI) conference and festival, held in Manila, Philippines, in November 2003. Through a discussion of how the WPI festival both interrogates and stages a mainstream international festival, the review explores alternative global theater and its relationship to questions of gender and geopolitics. The article focuses on examples from the work of artists of Asian ethnicity or descent that were featured in the conference.
    Clark, Bradford Burton.
  • Putul Yatra: A Celebration of Indian Puppetry
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    Subject Headings:
    • Putul Yatra (2003 : New Delhi, India)
    • Puppet theater -- India.
    Abstract:
      A 2003 festival in New Delhi highlighted the state of contemporary Indian puppetry.

Performance Review

Book Reviews

    Djelantik-Soejoto, Bulantrisna.
  • Balinese Dance, Drama and Music: A Guide to the Performing Arts of Bali (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Dibia, I. W. (I Wayan) Balinese dance, drama and music: a guide to the performing arts of Bali.
    • Ballinger, Rucina.
    • Folk dancing -- Indonesia -- Bali Island.
    Foley, Kathy, 1947-
  • Trance and Transformation of the Actor: Japanese Noh and Balinese Masked Dance-Drama (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Coldiron, Margaret. Trance and transformation of the actor: Japanese Noh and Balinese masked dance-drama.
    • Acting -- Psychological aspects.
    Cohen, Matthew Isaac.
  • Gamelan: The Traditional Sounds of Indonesia (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Spiller, Henry. Gamelan: the traditional sounds of Indonesia.
    • Gamelan music -- History and criticism.
    Cohen, Matthew Isaac.
  • Power Plays: Wayang Golek Theater of West Java (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Weintraub, Andrew N. (Andrew Noah) Power plays: wayang golek theater of West Java.
    • Wayang -- Indonesia -- Java.
    Weinstein, John B.
  • Significant Other: Staging the American in China (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Conceison, Claire, 1965- Significant other: staging the American in China.
    • Americans -- China.
    Huang, Alexander C. Y.
  • Shashibiya: Staging Shakespeare in China (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Li, Ruru. Shashibiya: staging Shakespeare in China.
    • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history -- China.

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