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.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2109
Print ISSN
0742-5457
Pages
pp. 249-268
Launched on MUSE
2005-10-31
Open Access
No
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