Abstract

Within the practice of Japanese theatre, there are tensions between preserving the art and allowing change. However, innovation through performance has been central to throughout its long history, from the variant of the Edo era (1603–1868) to the more recent emergence of revival and new . The long career of master Matsui Akira (1946–) offers an individual perspective on the history of change in the tradition of . Based on a series of interviews with Matsui and research conducted at the Kita School of Nō and the Hōsei Nō Research Institute, this article examines Matsui’s innovations, his unusual path toward becoming a professional, and his transnational collaborations.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2109
Print ISSN
0742-5457
Pages
pp. 126-152
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-14
Open Access
No
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