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Re: Intercultural Performances
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0401  Thursday, 30 April 1998.

[1]     From:   Ed Taft <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 28 Apr 1998 11:05:07 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Intercultural Performances

[2]     From:   Andrew Murphy <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 28 Apr 1998 16:08:40 +0100
        Subj:   Re: Intercultural Performances

[3]     From:   Harry Hill <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 28 Apr 1998 11:38:30 +0000 (HELP)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0399 Q: Intercultural Performances


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From:           Ed Taft <
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Date:           Tuesday, 28 Apr 1998 11:05:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Intercultural Performances

Dear Ms. Gerull,

I think I know someone who might be able to help.  Minoru Fujita, the
editor of *Shakespeare-East and West*, is an expert on Japanese
productions of Shakespeare, and also on the use of Japanese cultural
gestures and voice in Shakespearean productions.  If you wish to contact
him, his e-mail address is <
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address is
9-4 Seimeidori
Abeno-ku  Osaka 545-0032

Hope that helps.
Yours,
--Ed

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From:           Andrew Murphy <
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Date:           Tuesday, 28 Apr 1998 16:08:40 +0100
Subject:        Re: Intercultural Performances

Alexandra --

You should look at some of Ania Loomba's latest work on performances of
Shakespeare in India-see, in particular, her chapters in John Joughin
(ed.), _Shakespeare and National Culture_ (Manchester UP) and Terence
Hawkes (ed.), _Alternative Shakespeares 2_ (Routledge).

Andrew

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From:           Harry Hill <
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Date:           Tuesday, 28 Apr 1998 11:38:30 +0000 (HELP)
Subject: 9.0399 Q: Intercultural Performances
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0399 Q: Intercultural Performances

Intercultural Performances.

Any RSC production is already intercultural in that it contains accents
from around the UK and elsewhere. Stratford Ontario feels the need to be
interracial, if that is what the query at bottom meant.

Does the poster mean Orient joined to Occident in performance? Such
attempts are usually silly and inept, particularly when western actors
imagine for one minute that they can absorb eastern acting styles which
take many years in apprenticeship to develop. When we hear "this
production incorporates elements of Noh and Kabuki" we ought to cringe
as I indeed do, as the proferred shows are as far from the "elements" of
complex styles as our moon is from Pluto's. And of course I include the
prancing of "Commedia Del Arte" in this general condemnation of PC
mediocrity.

If he means John Barton's not minding Texas accents when he directed
Shakespeare there, then I would say all power to any production that is
true to the cultural mix in the text.

Harry Hill
 

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