Leonor Serrano Rivas

Residency Program

Exchange Residency Program (Inviting)


Leonor Serrano Rivas

Participating ProjectExchange Residency Program (Invitation)
Activity BasedUnited Kingdom
CityTokyo
Period2017.10 - 2017.11
Purpose of the residency

Could we regard architecture as a character inside a certain theatre? There is -a tiny perhaps- but super interesting stage feature in Japanese Kabuki theatre -hanamichi- that I would like to research in relation to actions of mimicry in fiction. However this peculiarity does not exist in Western proscenium-arch theatre -where it takes place unseen, in the wings of the backstage- this Japanese feature functions as a unique element that physically shows the fiction's threshold. This element brings an interesting approach to my on-going research on theatre as a temporal fictional site. I want to explore the way in which symbolic actions, hold within a theatrical frame, generate mimicry in spectators (passive beings) and actors (active beings).

Plan during the residency

- I am willing to get a closer look into Japanese Kabuki theatre, in particular an element called "hanamichi".
- Kinkarakami. Japanese leather wallpaper (washi).
- Bunraku ( ningyo joruri) an elaborate form of puppet theatre.
- National libraries and archives.

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