4. Noh research aimed at building new methodologies from an international perspective
Leader: YAMANAKA Reiko
Reports on the activities of research projects for 2016
This research seeks to make Nohgaku a topic of international research by establishing a global platform, distributing the latest information on research, and networking among performers and researchers around the world. The outcomes of this year’s research are as follows.
・ An international editorial conference was held from July 28th to 30th to prepare for the publishing of the English-version Nohgaku Zensho (a complete collection of Noh plays.) The conference was attended by 14 Noh scholars from Japan and abroad. Each section reported on work progress. A discussion on the overall structure and items to be added and replaced was held. This year, new writers were welcomed to the Kyogen section, and the goal of soliciting as many drafts as possible was confirmed. Applications
have been made for two panel presentations at the annual conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS), to be held in August 2017.
・ On July 27th, Nagomi Kyogenkai Czech and SHIGEYAMA Family of Ōkura ryu kyogen held a joint event at Yarai Nohgakudō.
・ On Sept. 26th, YAMANAKA Reiko and Patrick SCHWEMMER each gave lectures to and held discussions with 22 students and faculty members from Yale-NUS College. The lectures included the introduction to and progress report on the publication of the English-version Nohgaku Zensho mentioned above.
Reports on the activities of research projects for 2015
This project aims to establish Noh research as an international research field by disseminating the latest results of research and establishing a shared global platform for research through collaboration with scholars overseas. Currently, work is being carried out on two publications. First, an international symposium for discussion of the various issues related to the entries and text for a new English-language encyclopedia of Noh theatre is scheduled for July. We hope to prepare its results for publication by about November. Second, we plan to publish a report of the October–November 2014 Noh Theater Seminar, “The Present and Future of Noh Theatre” (see pp. 2–3 above). It dealt with issues such as performances and training in Noh by non-Japanese, Noh-inspired theatrical performances overseas, and operas based on Noh plays, in an effort to clarify what distinguishes Noh from other theatrical forms, and what it is about Noh that attracts people in other theatrical fields. This perspective is invaluable in placing Noh within the world’s theatrical forms, and we hope to be able to include the results of the seminar in the new encyclopedia as well.
Into the second year of our activities
This project aims to establish Noh research as an international research field by disseminating the latest results of research and establishing a shared global platform for research through collaboration with scholars overseas. Currently, work is being carried out on two publications. The first is a new English-language encyclopedia of Noh that prioritizes the needs of scholars and students abroad. The second brings together the results of workshops (with presentation, demonstration, panel and roundtable discussions) held in November 2013 at St. Anthony’s College, University of Oxford, and Royal Holloway, University of London.