Digital Archiving for Intangible Arts: Reproducing Past Kabuki Stages and Performances of Great Actors

Colloquium | September 11 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ryo Akama, Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumekan University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Ritsumeikan University, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, East Asian Library

Digital archives are changing the methods of studying arts and cultures. While tangible culture seems relatively easy to archive digitally, intangible culture is still difficult and it may seem impossible to reproduce the stage performances in the past. Kabuki is one of the most important of Japan's cultural heritage and is categorized as intangible art. In this lecture, I would like to introduce how to reproduce past Kabuki stages and performances of great actors using digital archives.

*Professor Akama will lead a workshop at 10:00AM in the Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle Hall (Level D). Please see here for more information (registration required for this workshop).*

Author bio: Ryo Akama is a professor of Japanese literature at the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University. He completed his doctoral course work at the Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University in 1991, and he has published numerous monographs and book chapters on Kabuki, Ukiyoe, and digital archives.

 cjs@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3415