Performance Matters

Volume 10, Number 1, 2024 (Re)sounding Bodies East and West: Embodied Engagements with Japanese Traditions Guest-edited by Gretchen Jude and Lynette Hunter

Image Caption: Yuriko Doi, founder of San Francisco's Theatre of Yugen, demonstrating movement from a kyōgen play, Uri Nusubito [The Melon Thief]. Photo credit: Robert Isaacs/Theatre of Yugen (used by permission).

This special issue traces the profound shifts in “Western” performance practices that occur when engagement with works from “the East” breaks down previous distinctions and generates new priorities and frameworks for understanding. In their focus on transcultural and intermodal ways of knowing, the scholar-practitioners contributing to the issue actively engage with Japanese performance traditions. Their articles offer critical perspectives on performance theory informed by ethnographic, anthropological, and historical methodologies, using approaches that open up the body as a site of profound importance for enacting transcultural understanding.

Table of contents (10 articles)


  1. Introduction


  1. Yuriko Doi’s Teaching and Transmission of Noh and Kyōgen in San Francisco
  2. Performing Everyday Things: Ecosomatic Threads of Butoh, Phenomenology, and Zen
  3. Anatomy of Conflict
  4. On the Path of No-Character: Zeami’s Traces Walked Back and Forward
  5. ]MA[ – The Space between the Interval
  6. Yoshida Ami’s Onkyō and the Persistently "Japanese" Body: Making (Electro)voice Sound
  7. Surprising Pedagogy through Japanese Anime
  8. Everting the Theatrical Sphere Like Terayama
  9. Directing Ōta Shōgo’s Elements: From Form to Body


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