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9780521782449

Performing Shakespeare in Japan

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521782449

  • ISBN10:

    0521782449

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-02-12
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Summary

Shakespeare has an astonishingly rich and varied performance tradition in Japan, stretching from the westernising and modernising ferment of the nineteenth century Meiji era to the postmodern performance culture of today. How has the tradition evolved? Where is it going? How is it to be accounted for in theatrical and cultural terms? What does it mean to perform Shakespeare in Japan? Such questions are raised in the book's introduction and pursued in fourteen essays on key aspects, moments and personalities in the performance tradition. These are followed by provocative interviews with four leading directors (Deguchi Norio, Ninagawa Yukio, Suzuki Tadashi and Noda Hideki) and with one leading performer (Hira Mikijiro). Unlike the very few existing books on Japanese Shakespeare, this book concentrates on modern and postmodern theatre, from c.1970, and contains contributions from both Japanese and Western scholars and theatre practitioners.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
vii
List of contributors
ix
Preface xi
Takahashi Yasunari
Acknowledgements xii
Introduction 1(16)
Minami Ryuta
Ian Carruthers
John Gillies
Part I Early modern and traditional theatre productions
What do we mean by ``Japanese'' Shakespeare?
17(4)
Anzai Tetsuo
Japan as ``half-civilized'': an early Japanese adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and Japan's construction of it national image in the late nineteeth century
21(12)
Yoshihara Yukari
Shakespeare in Kabuki
33(21)
James R. Brandon
Osanai Kaoru's version of Romeo and Juliet, 1904
54(13)
Matsumoto Shinko
Some Noh adaptations of Shakespeare in English and Japanese
67(9)
Ueda Munakata Kuniyoshi
The Braggart Samurai: a Kyogen adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor
76(11)
Michael Shapiro
Part II Modern productions (post World War II)
Weaving the spider's web: interpretation of character in Kurosawa Akira's Throne of Blood (Kumonosu-jo)
87(14)
Paula Von Loewenfeldt
Innovation and continuity: two decades of Deguchi Norio's Shakespeare Theatre Company
101(11)
Suematsu Michiko
Tragedy with laughter: Suzuki Tadashi's The Tale of Lear
112(9)
Takahashi Yasunari
The Chronicle of Macbeth: Suzuki method acting in Australia, 1992
121(12)
Ian Carruthers
The rose and the bamboo: Noda Hideki's Sandaime Richado
133(13)
Suzuki Masae
Shakespeare reinvented on the contemporary Japanese stage
146(13)
Minami Ryuta
Juliet's girlfriends: The Takarazuka Revue Company and the Shojo culture
159(13)
Ohtani Tomoko
Directing ``Japanese Shakespeare'' locally and universally: an interview with Gerard Murphy
172(11)
Ted Motohashi
Part III Interviews with directors and actors
Interview with Deguchi Norio
183(13)
Interview with Suzuki Tadashi
196(12)
Interview with Ninagawa Yukio
208(12)
Interview with Noda Hideki
220(10)
Interview with Hira Mikijiro
230(6)
Afterword: Shakespeare removed: some reflections on the localization of Shakespeare in Japan 236(13)
John Gillies
Index 249

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