CHIME-APAF Conference on Performing Arts in Contemporary Asia: Tradition and Travel

6-9 July 2011 Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL), Egham, Surrey (UK)

Presented by Royal Holloway, University of London, in partnership with CHIME(European Foundation for Chinese Music Research) and the Asian Performing Arts Forum.

Conference Director: Shzr Ee Tan (Royal Holloway)

Programme Committee: Shzr Ee Tan (Royal Holloway), Antoinet Schimmelpenninck (CHIME), Matthew Cohen (Royal Holloway, Ashley Thorpe (University of Reading), Avanthi Meduri (Roehampton University), Amanda Rogers (Royal Holloway)

This conference aimed to disseminate fresh research into the movement of traditional performers, their mediums and artefacts around the globe, with particular emphasis on contemporary Asia, and a sub-focus on China. A region constituting the world’s most populous continent, Asia has historically been connected in terms of empire, trade and more recently, migrant workers. However, examinations of performances and tradition have tended to focus on local emplacement rather than physical and cultural mobility. In contrast, this conference targeted questions of travel and traffic in global and local dynamic relation. Topics of study ranged from routes formed by itinerant performers to the funding and facilitation of cross-border exchanges initiated by contemporary companies and festivals. The conference intended to initiate debate on how traditional performances in Asia are developed, inserted into, and travel within global, postcolonial circuits that encompass issues of seasonality, feedback, contemporaneity and pan-Asian identities. Informal networks between individuals and grass-roots communities; formal political relations between states and organisations, and accompanying economic flows were examined. These broader forces influence how performers engage with cultural difference and changing notions of traditionality.

Conference Programme

Day 1 Wednesday, July 6, 2011

12.00-17.00 Registration Sutherland House Foyer

14.30-16.30 PANEL 1: Travelling Culture RRA

Chair: Matthew Cohen

14.30-15.00 Claudia Orenstein, Hunter College, CUNY, USA

The Personal is Global, Cross-cultural, Postcolonial

15.00-15.30 Kirstin Pauka, Univ. of Hawaii, USA

Indonesian Randai Theatre: Festivals, touring, and adaptation abroad

15.30-16.00 Scheherezade Cooper, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

A body of tradition‘: the cycle of maintenance and betrayal in contemporary Indian classical performance

16.00-16.30 Avanthi Meduri, Univ. of Roehampton, UK

Tradition and Travel in South Asian Dance Production in the UK

16.30-17.00 Coffee/tea break RRB

17.00-18.00 KEYNOTE SPEECH Noh Theatre

Stephen Jones, introduced by Helen Rees

Pacing the Void by Motorbike: Travels of a Master Daoist

18.00-19.00 CONCERT Noh Theatre

An Elegant Musical Journey

by Nanyin artist Cai Yayi

(Preceded by a short performance of Persian song by Bahareh Fattahi)

19.00-21.00 Conference DINNER Noh Theatre Lawn (RRB in case of rain)

Day 2 Thurs, July 7, 2011

10.00-17.30 Registration/Info Desk/Book Display Sutherland House Foyer

10.00-10.30 Coffee/tea RRB

10.30-12.30 PANEL 2: Festival RRA

Chair: Keith Howard

10.30-11.00 Binghui Huangfu, Univ. NSW, Sydney, AUS.

Color in the Wind: Examination of Chinese Contemporary Performing Art in the international arena, 1989 to 1995

11.00-11.30 Lee Yachen (Celia ), Univ. of Sheffield, UK

China‘s Soft Power: Peaceful and Chinese in the Opening Ceremony of Beijing Olympics

11.30-12.00 Talal Al-Muhanna, Independent Scholar

Documenting Dance in the 5th Dadao Live Art Festival

[26 minute film]

12.00-12.30 Free Discussion


Noh Theatre / Noh Theatre Lawn

12.40 Bharatanatyam performance by Divya Kasturi

13.20 London Korean Drummers


14.00 Pangalay dance workshop by Joseph Patricio


15.00-17.00 PANEL 3a: Round Table: RRA

Gamelan Trails and Tales

Chair: Margaret Coldiron

15.00-15.25 Kate Wakeling, Univ. of Cambridge, UK

Nine Tones and a New World: Gamelan Siwa Nada and the Art of Representation

15.25-15.50 Manuel Jimenez , SOAS, UK

Bamboo gamelan in Bali and beyond

15.50-16.15 Ni Madé Pujawati, Artistic Director SEA Arts

The Gamelan Trail Heritage Project

16.15-16.35 Margaret Coldiron, Univ. of Essex, UK

Kreasi Baru for International Audiences: The Adventures of Lila Cita & Global Gamelan

16.35-17.00 Fiona Kerlogue, Horniman Museum, London, UK

Beryl de Zoete and Balinese dance 7

Day 2 Thurs, July 7, 2011

15.00-17.00 PANEL 3b: Revival Noh Theatre

Chair: Ruard Absaroka

15.00-15.30 Cheng Yu, SOAS, UK

Recreating the 5-stringed pipa lost in the Tang Dynasty – Duplication or innovation? Traditional or contemporary, national or cross-cultural?

15.30-16.00 Beth Szczepanski, Ohio State University, OH, USA

Wutaishan Buddhist Music in Festivals and Concerts

16.00-16.30 Helen Rees, UCLA, USA

“Wild Geese on the South Lake in Autumn”: The hidden history of the qin in Yunnan

16.30-17.00 Gwendoline Kam, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Music and Dance as Socio-political Instruments: Reconstruction of Imperial Rituals in Contemporary China

17.00-17.30 Free Time RRB

17.30-18.30 Meeting the Man of the Heart Noh Theatre

A Lecture-Demonstration by Sudipto Chatterjee

18.30-19.00 Coffee/tea break RRB

19.00-19.30 SHORT PERFORMANCE Sutherland House Foyer

Sekar Enggal: Kacapi Suling

19.30-20.30 CONCERT Noh Theatre

A Dalang in Search of Wayang

by Matthew Isaac Cohen

Day 3 Friday, July 8, 2011

10.00-18.30 Registration/Info Desk/Book Display Sutherland House Foyer

10.00-10.30 Coffee/tea RRB


10.30-12.30 PANEL 4a: Modern Tradition RRA

Chair: Anna Morcom

10.30-11.00 Ashley Thorpe, Univ. of Reading, UK

Modern Theatre for the Twenty-first Century‖? Shanghai Conservatoire of Music‘s Staging of The White Goddess (2009)

11.00-11.30 Lam Ching-wah, Hong Kong Baptist University

Changes in Performance Practice in Chinese Opera Since 1949

11.30-12.00 Arya Madhavan, University of Lincoln, UK

Redefining a performance tradition: Institutionalisation, Internationalisation and Innovation in Kudiyattam

12.00-12.30 Brahma Prakash, RHUL, UK

Mind it! Folk is always fucking‖: Aesthetic of Obscene in Bidesia Travelling Troupe Performance

10.30-12.30 PANEL 4b: Inter-Asian Dynamics Noh Theatre

Chair: Alexander Knapp

10.30-11.00 Hwee-san Tan, SOAS, UK

China as Asia-Pacific Region‘s Cultural Hegemon?

11.00-11.30 Alexander Cannon, University of Michigan, USA

Pan-Asianism in Vietnam: The Case of the Asian Zither Festival

11.30-12.00 Rowan Pease, SOAS, UK

Zheng Lücheng: A transnational revolutionary

12.00-12.30 Hsinwen Hsu, Indiana University, USA

Transnational Flows in Institutionalization of Hakka Music in postwar Taiwan

12.30-13.30 LUNCH RRB 9


Annie Rollins, Institute of International Education: Fulbright

A Migration in Shadows: A poster session on the current state of China‘s tradition of shadow puppetry

Mary Mazzilli, SOAS, University of London, UK

The transnational spirit of Gao Xingjian‘s ‗cold theatre‘: a philosophical approach to some of Gao Xingjian‘s plays

Leung Eva Yee Ming, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

The Role of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in Developing the Cultural Identity of Hong Kong and Promoting Chinese Music Culture

Gu Jihae, RHUL, UK

The survival of ackguk against the flood of Broadway musical theatre in South Korea

Cho Seong-Kwan, University of Warwick, UK

Hiatus in Staging Shakespeare in Korea

Eleni Lorandou, University of Pune, India

The Sacred Feminine: Aesthetics of Female dance styles in the Asian Performing arts

Jan Creutzenberg, Independent Scholar/ Free University Berlin

Creating Communities: Korean Music Theatre Pansori Between Preservation, Commemoration and Revival of Tradition

Zhang Weigang, School of Arts, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics

A Preliminary Study on the Tune and the Tune Name of Mengxi

Ruth Mueller, University of Sheffield, UK

Femininization of the role of traditional musicians in South Korean society

14.30-15.30 PANEL 5b: FILM SESSION RRA

Maryam GoormagtighThe Heart of Qin in Hong Kong (52 minutes)

15.30-16.00 Coffee/tea break RRB

16.00-17.30 PANEL 6a: RRA

Migration and Transterritorialization

Chair: Avanthi Meduri

16.00-16.30 Alice Lumi Satomi, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Brazil

Music and solidarity: the cultural heritage of Miwa-kai

16.30-17.00 Jyoshna Latrobe, SOAS, UK

Musical Migration in Marāī Kīrtan of Rāṛh: Devotional singing and performance of the traditional Dom music caste in the Purulia District, Bengal, India

17.00-17.30 Joseph Patricio, University of Warwick, UK

Performing Filipino Elsewhere

16.00-17.30 PANEL 6b: Noh Theatre

Hybridity and Asian Modernity

Chair: Ashley Thorpe

16.00-16.30 Zheng Si, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Sounding West: Adoption of and Adaptation to Brass Band Music in Shaoxing Wedding Ceremony

16.30-17.00 Man He, Ohio State University, USA

Self-Fashioning for the New Nation State: Gender Performing in the Modern Chinese Theatre and Cinema, 1900s-1920s

17.00-17.30 Hye-lim Kim, SOAS, UK

‘Be Creative to Communicate with the Tradition’: Performance-as- Research and the Korean flute, taegŭm

17.30-18.30 CONFERENCE ROUND TABLE Noh Theatre

Tradition and Travel

18.30-19.00 Coffee/tea break RRB

19.00-20.00 YAJI MUSICAL GATHERING Noh Theatre

with the London Youlan Qin Society

20.00-22.30 POT LUCK and JAM Noh Theatre

Day 4 Sat, July 9, 2011

09.30-11.30 Registration/Info Desk/Book Display Sutherland House Foyer

09.30-10.00 Coffee/tea RRB

10.00-12.00 PANEL 7: RRA

Tradition-Based Contemporary Performance

Chair: Amanda Rogers

10.00-10.30 Pawit Mahasarinand, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Traditional or Contemporary: Neo-Exotic Thailand?

10.30-11.00 Mika Eglinton, RHUL, UK

Performing Constraint in Yo-Jouhan: Yamanote Jijousha‘s Titus Andronicus

11.00-11.30 Pornrat Damhrung, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Making Good on the Embodied Demon: Pichet Klunchun and the Invention of a New Intercultural Khon (Classical Thai Masked Dance) for a ‗World on the Move‘

11.30-12.00 Theresa Thomasulo, SOAS, UK

Contemporary Kayagŭm: Korean Traditional and Fusion Music-Making in London

12.00-13.00 LUNCH RRB

13.00-14.00 WORKSHOP 1 RRA

Chinese opera gestures

by Kathy Hall of the London Jing Kun Opera Association

14.00-15.00 WORKSHOP 2 Noh Theatre

Taiwan aboriginal circle dancing by Shzr Ee Tan

14.00 Close of Conference

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