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Asian Theatre Working Group Sao Paulo Meeting ended successfully three weeks ago. I'm sorry for the delay. I was very busy ending semester matters and many meetings as usual. There were no many participants from Asian cities this time though, the meeting was really lovely. We learned and discussed deeply each topics and papers. Sao Paulo was multiracial city as you know, especially many Japanese immigrants resided there and very impressed that they formed large Japanese community. We didn't visit many theatre performance though, I do like to enjoy Japanese theatre performance next time. And we have a good announcement. As we have circulated Call for Paper, many of you are familiar with this, Asian Theatre WG supported IFTR Regional Conference in Manilla next February, 2018. This is jointed conference of our WG, the theme is Bodies in/and Asian Theatres. As you could visit web site of Asian Theatre WG, will you come to join the conference. We will circulate much more detailed information to Members of Asian Theatre WG later. I'm looking forward tossing you in Manila next February! YN from Osaka.

Asian Theatre Working Group Sao Paulo Meeting ended successfully three weeks ago. I'm sorry for the delay. I was very busy ending semester matters and many meetings as usual. There were no many participants from Asian cities this time though, the meeting was really lovely. We learned and discussed deeply each topics and papers. Sao Paulo was multiracial city as you know, especially many Japanese immigrants resided there and very impressed that they formed large Japanese community. We didn't visit many theatre performance though, I do like to enjoy Japanese theatre performance next time. And we have a good announcement. As we have circulated Call for Paper, many of you are familiar with this, Asian Theatre WG supported IFTR Regional Conference in Manilla next February, 2018. This is jointed conference of our WG, the theme is Bodies in/and Asian Theatres. As you could visit web site of Asian Theatre WG, will you come to join the conference. We will circulate much more detailed information to Members of Asian Theatre WG later. I'm looking forward tossing you in Manila next February! YN from Osaka.


CALL FOR PAPERS

Joint International Federation for Theatre Research Regional Conference (IFTR-Asia) and Asian Theatre Working Group Colloquium 2018

A growing interest in the body as a starting point of discourse is seen in the past decades. Even theatre studies has been involved on scrutinising the body as an important performance aspect. In Western theatre practice, physical theatre is a well-articulated practical approach for understanding the body vis-à-vis theatre and performance. However, the increasing number of the most influential theorizations and conceptualizations has primarily, if not exclusively, focused on how the cultures in the West (Europe and the Americas) conceive it.

Taking the cue from Bryan Turner and Zheng Yangwen, it is important to note that peoples in Asia have experienced colonisation, decolonization and now globalisation albeit different modalities. These contexts, as suggested by Turner and Zheng, are important socio-political and historical factors for understanding the Asian body. With this, Bodies in/and Asian Theatres is envisioned to contribute to the study of the body, particularly its functions and placements in the different performances in the Asian region.

On the occasion of Kat(h)awan [a contraction of katha (creative creation) and katawan (body)] or the celebration of the University of the Philippines Diliman Month 2018 vis-à-vis the National Arts Month in the Philippines in February, Bodies in/and Asian Theatres invokes the Asian bodies as creative and critical entities.

The Joint 2018 Asian Theatre Working Group Colloquium and International Federation for Theatre Research Regional Conference (IFTR-Asia) attempts to answer these general questions: What do we mean when we talk about bodies in Asian theatres and performances? What do we mean when we talk about Asian bodies in different performances outside the region? How does theatre affect the way we think about the bodies of Asians?

Possible sub-themes include but not limited to the following:

  • The Spectacularization of the Body in Asia (What does it mean when we think of the acrobatics in China, the thaipusam devotees in Malaysia and Singapore, ta’ziyeh devotees in the Middle East, the magdarame or self-flagellants in the Philippines as actors/performers? What is the implication of associating Asian rituals involving bodily spectacles or self-inflicted pains as theatre and performance?)
  • Performing Queer Asian Bodies (What does it mean to be an "Asian Queer" vis-à-vis theatre and performance? What is the relationship of the queer and the body in Asian performances?)
  • Performing Displaced Bodies (Issues on representing the Asian immigrant/emigrant in theatre and performance. What is the implication of being Asian in Euro-American theatre?)
  • Gendered Bodies. (What are the representations and ideologies of the masculine and feminine bodies in Asian Theatre and Performance? What does it mean when the masculine body is performed by a female body or vice versa?)
  • Asian Bodies Recuperated (Many theorizations in theatre, performance and cultural studies took inspiration from performing bodies of Asians, issues and implications of such theories in general critical thinking)
  • Disembodiments (What does it mean when a body is treated as a formless creature in Asian societies?)
  • The Body as Medium (When the body is treated as a "medium" in theatre and performance, what does it mediate?)
  • Asian Corporeality and/in Choreography (Body-centered performance practices in Asia also provide vital sites for exploring the convergence of thought and action)
  • The Asian Body as Method (Exploring the possibility of the body – the Asian body – in performance as a starting point of philosophising and intellectualising)

Dates to Remember:

Submission of Abstract 15 August 2017 to 15 September 2017

Notification of acceptance begins on 2 October 2017

Registration opens on 1 November 2017

Conference dates 20 - 23 February 2018

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Sir Anril Pineda TIATCO at sptiatco@up.edu.ph. For members of the Asian Theatre Working Group, please contact Dr. NAGATA Yasushi at nagatays@let.osaka-u.ac.jp.


Asian Theatre WG Sao Paulo Meeting Program

11 July, Tuesday, 9:00~ 11:00  

Meewon Lee

De-territorialization of Traditional Theatrical Forms among China, Korea and Japan: the Joint Production of the Story of Choonhyang

Galia Petkova

Theatricalities of Power and gender in Traditionla Japanese Drama and Balinese Performance

12, July, Wednesday, 11:00~ 12:30

Kumara Swamy

Making of THR MONKEY KINGS: Experienceing Inter Asian Theatre Ciltures through practice

12:30~14:00  General Meeting WG

12, July, Wednesday, 14:00~15:30

Sir Anril Pineda Tiatco

Performing the Contemporary in Manila: Representing the Domestic Helper or the Dilemma in Staging Social Problem Play

Raina M.K.

Bhands of Kashmir and terrorism

14, July, Friday, 11:00~ 12:30

Tsu-Chung Su

Fillip Zarrilli’s Asian Formula: A critical Study of His Psychophysical Approach to Acting

Yasushi Nagata

Trans-Geographical Trials of the Jokyo Theatre Comapny

 

 


It’s happy to inform you next Asian Theatre WG IFTR Colloquium will be held in Jaipur, India, 18 -19 February, 2017. One of our colleagues, Ravi Chaturvedi kindly will be a host professor of the colloquium. The theme is "Travel and Displacement in/with Asian Theatre." This is connected with the theme, the tradition of Traveling Theatre, of Indian Society of Theatre Research this year, as Ravi suggests. Some years ago we held the meeting on the theme of Inter-Asian theatre, it was in Munich 2010, it’s really exciting meeting. We could well discuss an Inter Asian-ness on this theme and some indian scholars would be easy to join us. Ravi suggested to try to join from Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Srilanka. 

Professor Ravi is Director of School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Faculty of Arts and Law, Maniple University, Jaipur, Dehmikalan, INDIA. They say that the venue, Maniple University, is one of the most beautiful universities in the country. Ravi will arrange our all accommodation of 3nights. 3 time food, airport pick and drop, tea breaks, city tours and etc. All these are inclusive, it will be not costed more than 160-175 USD at the higher side. And also little cheaper arrangement would be. The university is little away, around 25 KM from city centre but a beautiful place. February is generally the end of tourist seasons, so some fertility will also be visible, they say. 

So, if you would like to present a paper at the colloquium, please send the abstract of the paper together with a brief CV to conveners, Mitsuya and me, by the end of October. The papers will be circulated to the members of Asian Theatre WG to be read before the colloquium. Each paper is expected to be no more than 4,000 words. 

Those who want to participate in the colloquium without presenting papers will be welcome as well. In the case please send its Email to conveners by the end of October, too. This is because booking accommodation and foods preparation. 

Other necessary information will be sent later. If you have any inquiries, don’t hesitate to write to the conveners. 

With best wishes,
Yasushi

Yasushi Nagata, Convener
nagatays@let.osaka-u.ac.jp
http://asiantheatrewg.org

Mistura Mori, Co-convener
morimit@seijo.ac.jp

 
 
 

We just finished Asian Theatre Working Group Stockholm Meeting!
The WG meeting was really exciting and greatly success. We received over 30 applicants at first this time, so we was forced to move many of these to other sessions, General Panel, WG curated panel and Joint panel with other WGs. It’s really pity we didn’t accept all papers in WG sessions, however, it became really useful, informative and learning one. It seems to me the papers were discussed in variable angles and concerns. And also the papers described not only Asian theatre’s drama, directing or acting methodology, but its intercultural discourse, postcolonial conciseness and a kind of inter-asian mythology. As a result, the papers, Asian theatres and performances past and present, have greatly expressed the diversity of their roots, faces and functions. Thank you again for your attending and discussion.
We will prepare next WG meeting in Jaipur, as we have talked about. We will make things detailed clear, we will inform all of you soon. Please wait for a while. And of course, I will finish editing an anthology in this summer, I’m so sorry to take such a long time to do this, you will could see this in this year. We talked about the next, means second anthology, at the last session, we think to go ahead next year. It’s happy to hold some papers in Singapore colloquium and Stockholm this time together to this second one. We will announce you all about this soon.
We will upload some reports and photos to Web site or FB, please wait a bit we will do these gradually over time. So thank you again, and see you next time!