America's Japan and Japan's Performing Arts: Cultural by Barbara Thornbury

By Barbara Thornbury

America’s Japan and Japan’s acting Arts experiences the photographs and myths that experience formed the reception of Japan-related theater, song, and dance within the usa because the Fifties. quickly after global conflict II, visits through eastern appearing artists to the USA emerged as an important type of yankee cultural-exchange tasks geared toward aiding determine and construct pleasant ties with Japan. Barbara E. Thornbury explores how “Japan” and “Japanese tradition” were developed, reconstructed, and remodeled in accordance with the masses of productions that experience taken position during the last sixty years in ny, the most access aspect and defining cultural nexus within the usa for the worldwide traveling marketplace within the acting arts. The author’s transdisciplinary technique makes the ebook beautiful to these within the acting arts reports, eastern experiences, and cultural studies.

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The details were complex. Takejiro Otani, who as president of the Shochiku corporation was the contact person for kabuki in Japan, had agreed to pay one-­third of the costs associated with transportation and production. ’” The target date was the spring of the following year, although Logan told the newspaper that the 1954–­55 season might be a more realistic guess, given all the work that had yet to be done. ”29 The year 1954 did indeed see a visit of kabuki to the United States—­ but not exactly the one that Logan envisioned.

21 And by theater he basically meant kabuki. Like Logan, Green used his Times review to recommend Bowers to readers and to reiterate and build on his earlier argument about kabuki.  . is the finest theatre in the world today. It sums up in itself all the ingredients of the past forms of theatre theory and practice. Mr. ” Although Bowers warned in his book that the popularity of kabuki in Japan might decline in competition with movies and contemporary theater forms, Green maintained that Japanese culture in large measure was synonymous with kabuki and other traditional forms: “I for one am willing to wager that it will continue to live.

25 Bowers’s writings overall must be understood as a reflection of his deeply rooted self-­image as the “savior” of kabuki. ’ . . ”26 Bowers’s task of “saving” kabuki did not end with the Occupation: an underlying theme of his writing was that kabuki (the equivalent, by extension, of Japanese tradition in general) continually needs defense against its detractors. ” Impresario Sol Hurok was to be Logan’s partner in the venture. The details were complex. Takejiro Otani, who as president of the Shochiku corporation was the contact person for kabuki in Japan, had agreed to pay one-­third of the costs associated with transportation and production.

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