AnatomiesCo-sponsored by The Terasaki Center
February 4 2010, 4-7 pm
Royce 314 & 306
Performance by Natsuko Tezuka and Lecture Uchino Tadashi
Natsuko Tezuka: Anatomical Experiment 4.5 version
Natsuko Tezuka started her career as a solo performer in 1996. In 2001, she initiated the "Anatomical Experiment Series," using her own body as the object. In 2003, the second work in this series was nominated for the Toyota Choreography Award. In 2004, she produced the fourth work in the series, in which she observed her body in relation to others. Recent performances include the Japan Society in New York in 2005, the "Australia-Japan Dance Exchange, 2006,” "JAPAN NOW" in Germany and Poland in 2007, the "International Performing Arts Festival" in Indonesia in 2008, and the Tokyo Performing Arts Market in 2009. She continues to work on the series and is developing more methods for the project.
Tadashi Uchino: "Against the Eurocentric: From 'Cute' to 'Outrageous' in Contemporary Performance Culture in Japan"
UCHINO Tadashi is Professor of Performance Studies at the Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo. He received his MA in American Literature (1984) and his Ph.D in Performance Studies (2001), both from the University of Tokyo. He is a leading performance studies scholar, whose border-crossing between Japan and the US, Japan and Europe, and Japan and other parts of Asia, including India, has been critically acclaimed in various interdisciplinary quarters of academics, artists and activists. His publication includes The Melodramatic Revenge: Theatre of the Private in the 1980s (in Japanese,Tokyo: Keiso Publishing,1996), From Melodrama to Performance: The Twentieth Century American Theatre (in Japanese, Tokyo: U. of Tokyo P, 2001), Crucible Bodies: Postwar Japanese Performance from Brecht to the New Millennium (2009, London: Seagull Books) and Perspectives from the Stage: Tokyo-New York 1995-2005 (two volumes, in Japanese, Renga-shobo Shin-sha, forthcoming 2010). He has also been writing performance reviews for both academic and popular media in Japan and currently is a contributing editor for TDR (The MIT Press), an editor for Performing Arts (Kyoto Univ. of Arts and Design) and The Journal of the American Literature Studies in Japan.