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Contemporary Japanese Theater: Wadeda Shogekiji

May 19 - 24, 1982
The Japan Society, New York City

PUBLICATION:    By Means of Performance: Intercultural Studies of Theatre and Ritual (R. Schechner and W. Appel, Eds.) Cambridge University Press, New York, 1990.


bookcoverJoAnne Akalaitis (Mabou Mines, USA)
William O. Beeman (Brown University, USA)
James Boon (Cornell University, USA)
James Brandon (University of Hawaii, USA)
Karen Brazell (Cornell University, USA)
George DeVos (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Frank Hoff (University of Toronto, Canada)
Arata Isozaki (Tokyo, Japan)
Theresa Ki-ja Kim (City University of New York, Brooklyn College, USA)
Barbara Myerhoff (University of Southern California, USA)
Mansaku Nomura (Tokyo, Japan)
Lita Osmundsen (Wenner-Gren Foundation, USA)
Miles Richardson (Louisiana State University, USA)
Richard Schechner, organizer (New York University, USA)
Kayoko Shiraishi (Tokyo, Japan)
Tadashi Suzuki (Tokyo, Japan)
Yasunari Takahashi (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Yi-Fu Tuan (University of Minnesota, USA)
Edith Turner (University of Virginia, USA)
Victor W. Turner, organizer (University of Virginia, USA)
Masao Yamaguchi (Institute for the Study of Languages & Cultures of Asia and Africa, Japan)
Phillip Zarrilli (organizer) (University of Wisconsin, USA)


The second of three conferences that brought together performers, scholars, directors, and choreographers from a cross-section of world cultures and culminated in the publication of "By Means of Performance," this symposium took place primarily at the Asia Society in New York City, where noh drama and kutiyattam performances were held, but also met at other venues including: a church service at the Institutional Church of God in Christ in Brooklyn; a performance in a 23rd Street store-front theatre by the experimental group "Squat"; and A Chorus Line on Broadway.   The goal of these meetings was to approach the genres of theatre, dance, music, sports, and ritual as a single, coherent group, as performance, where it was hoped that the conferences would lay the groundwork for proposing general principles or "universals of performance."