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Kyoko Iwaki

Country(activity based):
Japan
Genre:
Performing Art

Profile

Expected graduate from Goldsmiths, University of London PhD in Theatre and Performance in 2017.

Recent 5 main activities (personal exhibitions, group exhibitions, concerts) are
- Tokyo Theatre Today: Conversations with Eight Emerging Theatre Artists, Hublet Publishing (London), 2011

- 'Japanese Theatre after Fukushima: Okada Toshiki's Current Location', New Theatre Quarterly, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge), 2015
- 'A History of Japanese Contemporary Theatre', Gendai Engeki no Lesson: Hirogaru ba, koeru hyōgen, Film Art-sha, 2015

- 'Tokyo World Theatre Capital', A History of Japanese Theatre, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge), 2015

- 'Politics of the Senses: Takayama Akira's Atomized Theatre after Fukushima', Fukushima and the Arts: Negotiating Nuclear Disasters, Routledge (London), 2015


Kyoko is a Lecturer and Researcher specialising in Japanese theatre. Her research interest lies at the intersection of sociology, politics and theatre, specifically, on how Japanese post-war theatre have shifted through constant interactions with nuclear catastrophes. For the past fifteen years, she has also worked as a theatre journalist. Her recent publications include Tokyo Theatre Today (Hublet Publishint, 2012). She is the co-author of Fukushima and the Arts: Negotiating Nuclear Disaster (Routledge, 2016) and A History of Japanese Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 2016). From January 2018, she is a Visiting Research Scholar at Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

About works / performance

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"Scene/Asia Annual Symposium", Hong Kong, 2017

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"Scene/Asia Annual Meeting", Singapore, 2016

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Politics of the Senses: Takayama Akira's Atomized Theatre after Fukushima, Included in Fukushima and the Arts: Negotiating Nuclear Disasters, London: Routledge, 2015

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A History of Japanese Contemporary Theatre, Included in Gendai Engeki no Lesson: Hirogaru ba, koeru hyōgen, Tokyo: Film Art-sha, 2015

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Tokyo Theatre Today: Conversations with Eight Emerging Theatre Artists, London, 2011, Book Design: Kensaku Kato

Comment

The world is now entering the era of ‘phobias,’ owing to the global austerity destabilizing their economical state, the fear towards the attenuated sense of belonging caused by the liquidated lifestyles, and the threat towards dismantling of communities through which mass migration of refugees are blamed. As an outset, unprecedented amount of people newly labeled as ‘others’ in the West. In this interdisciplinary research titled ‘Others in the West in the Era of Phobias: A Sociocultural Fieldwork Research,’ which refers to Subaltern Studies, Identity Politics and Orientalism Studies among others, I will conduct a fieldwork research on how these ‘Others’ are presented/represented in the seemingly liberal German theatre stages.
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