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Spring 2010 Workshop on Kabuki Theatre and Japanese Culture

Workshop: Saturday, January 23rd, 2010, 9:00-5:00 at 4011 Vilas Hall,
Student/teacher matinee performance of Narukami through UW Theatre: Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 (10:00-12:00)

Note: this one-day workshop is also the first day of the 6-day Workshop for Teaching about East Asia (with 3-credit option, see here).

This 8-hour professional development workshop offers teachers and interested alumni the opportunity to engage in study, analysis, and discussion of aspects of Japanese culture: literature, beliefs, art, and drama with a special emphasis on kabuki theatre. Participating teachers will be encouraged to discuss kabuki in their own classrooms and organize a follow-up viewing of Narukami: the Thunder God, presented through the UW Theatre, for their students. There will be a special matinee performance for teachers and their students on March 9th, 10:00-12:00 (tickets should be arranged through the Center for East Asian Studies).

The day's activities will include a workshop led by David Furumoto, associate professor at the Department of Theatre and Drama and director of the upcoming performance of Narukami: the Thunder God, and will discuss kabuki performance and tradition. There will also be lectures by Charo D'Etcheverry, associate professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, on the literary traditions linking Narukami (originally performed in the eighteenth-century) to the renowned ninth-century female poet Ono no Komachi, and by Sarah Thal, associate professor in the Department of History, on the basics of Buddhism, Japanese esoteric mountain practices, and deities central to the play. There will be viewings of footage, both rare and easily available, related to Japanese theatrical traditions and the play Narukami in particular.

The workshop will also include special viewings of selected Japanese prints of one of the foremost collections in the nation, the E. B. Van Vleck Collection of the Chazen Museum of Art.

To facilitate discussion, participants would be expected to read the English translation of the play (to be found in Brandon, ed., Kabuki: Five Classic Plays, available in the basement textbook section of the University Bookstore, 771 State St.) before arriving at the workshop. The price of the book will be included in registration cost; after registering, the participant’s name will be forwarded to the bookstore for claim verification.

Academic credit (1 credit) is available as an option through the University of Wisconsin-Madison, although for an added cost.

Eligibility: This workshop is targeted towards K-16 in-service and pre-service teachers, as well as interested alumni.

Registration: $20 per person (includes cost of book, supplies, and ticket to performance, along with lunch and refreshments--tuition cost for credit options are not included). Registration deadline is Friday, January 15th, 2010. Registration is limited on a first come, first served basis; register early to ensure a place.

Offered by the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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