Title: Persevering With Intercultural Performing Arts During a Pandemic: Semiotic Clusters and an Online Noh Performance
Stream: Cultural Studies
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Kim Rockell, Komazawa University, Japan
The practice and transmission of traditional performing arts frequently involves visceral engagement, drawing on physically mediated musicality (Rockell, 2009). This has also been the case with the 700-year-old combination of poetry, music, dance, and drama now known as Noh. However, during the recent global pandemic, performing arts and educational activity have been required to move increasingly online. Within this context, this study explored intercultural perspectives on the performing arts from the viewpoint of semiotic clusters (visual, kinesthetic, linguistic, and purely aural processes), looking particularly at an online performance of the Noh play Takasago 高砂. The adaptability and perseverance demonstrated by project collaborators and participants at sites outside Japan, in Taiwan and the Philippines, in evidenced by their contribution to the current presentation. And the journey from online to ‘hybrid’ and back on stage testifies to their resilience.
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