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Author Broinowski, Adam.

Title Cultural responses to occupation in Japan : the performing body during and after the Cold War / Adam Broinowski
Published London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016
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Description 1 online resource
Series War, culture and society
War, culture and society.
Contents Introduction -- 1. Occupied Bodies: Aesthetic Responses in New Japan -- 2. Ankoku Butoh in Socio-Historic Context -- 3. Ankoku Butoh: (Not) A Dance of the Nation State -- 4. Gekidan Kaitaisha: Growing the Seeds of Butoh -- 5. Occupied Bodies in the 21st Century: Vivisection Vision-Animal Reflections -- Conclusion
Summary "Cultural Responses to Occupation in Japan examines how the performing arts, and the performing body specifically, have shaped and been shaped by the political and historical conditions experienced in Japan during the Cold War and post-Cold War periods. This study of original and secondary materials from the fields of theatre, dance, performance art, film and poetry, probes the interrelationship that exists between the body and the nation-state. Important artistic works, such as Ankoku Butoh (dance of darkness) and its subsequent re-interpretation by a leading political performance company Gekidan Kaitaisha (theatre of deconstruction), are analysed using ethnographic, historical and theoretical modes. This approach reveals the nuanced and prolonged effects of military, cultural and political occupation in Japan over a duration of dramatic change. Cultural Responses to Occupation in Japan explores issues of discrimination, marginality, trauma, memory and the mediation of history in a ground-breaking work that will be of great significance to anyone interested in the symbiosis of culture and conflict"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Performing arts -- Political aspects -- Japan -- History -- 20th century
Politics and culture -- Japan -- History -- 20th century
HISTORY -- Military -- General.
HISTORY -- Modern -- 20th Century.
Military history.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Theater -- General.
Performing arts -- Political aspects.
Politics and culture.
Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000.
The Cold War.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1780935870