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Asian Theatre as Method: The Toki Experimental Project and Sino-Japanese Transnationalism in Performance

Ferrari, Rossella (2017) 'Asian Theatre as Method: The Toki Experimental Project and Sino-Japanese Transnationalism in Performance.' TDR: The Drama Review, 61 (3). pp. 141-164.

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Abstract

In 2012, Zuni Icosahedron (Hong Kong), Za-Koenji (Tokyo), and the Jiangsu Kun Opera Theatre (Nanjing) initiated the Toki Experimental Project, an intercultural platform devoted to the transmission of kunqu and noh through contemporary performance. Originating from a Shanghai Expo 2010 commission, Toki presents strategic interpenetration of national discourse and “minor” transnational dynamics. Most significantly, it provides a theatrical application of Chen Kuan-hsing’s influential notion of “Asia as method”. As epitomized by the yearly One Table, Two Chairs performances at Nanjing’s Toki International Arts Festival, Toki partakes in Asia as method’s effort toward “decolonization, deimperialization, and de-cold war” through aesthetic and epistemological deconstruction, endorsing a dialogic model of intercultural performance as inter-Asian relation.

Item Type: Articles
Additional Information: Accepted version of forthcoming article to be published by MIT press.
Keywords: Chinese-language theatres, Sinophone theatre, Japanese theatre, intercultural theatre, Zuni Icosahedron, Danny Yung, Sato Makoto, kunqu, Kun Opera, Noh Theatre
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
ISSN: 10542043
DOI/Identification Number: 10.1162/DRAM_a_00678
Depositing User: Rossella Ferrari
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2016 07:58
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/23013

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