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CJS Thursday Noon Lecture Series | Tradition and Innovation in English-language Noh, "Blue Moon Over Memphis"

Mariko Anno, Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ethnomusicology
Thursday, October 11, 2018
12:00-1:30 PM
Room 110 Weiser Hall Map
Part of the Toyota Visiting Professor 30th Anniversary Special Lecture Series

NOTE: Please join us for "Blue Moon Over Memphis" at the Power Center on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 7pm.

In preparation for the English-language Noh performance at the University of Michigan of "Blue Moon Over Memphis" (BMOM), a story based on the legendary Elvis Presley, this talk examines how Noh can be created and performed in languages other than Japanese, what aspects BMOM has maintained or adapted from tradition, and how this version deviates from tradition. This talk posits that English-language Noh has become an entry point into Noh for audiences, and that its composers have created English-language Noh text-music conventions. BMOM reveals the flexibility of the Noh form and how it can accommodate innovative musical elements in English.

Mariko Anno is Associate Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology. She earned a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Tokyo University of the Arts and a D.M.A. in Flute Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research examines Japanese Noh drama in a contemporary transnational context through English-language Noh.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this event, please reach out to bkinzer@umich.edu at least 2 weeks in advance of this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Japanese Studies, Music, Theater
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures

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