Near East, Central Asia, Far East, South and Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Content varies.
We will examine music, dance, and theater in four Asian countries: Japan, China, India, and Indonesia. Connecting our explorations of the cultural contexts, histories and conventions of the performing arts in these places is a question: What does it mean for musicians, dancers and puppeteers to perform “traditional” arts in a “modern,” “global” world? As we try to answer this question, we will consider how performers categorize genres of the performing arts, their ideas about innovation, and the ways they talk about “tradition” and “authenticity.”
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