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Performing Shakespeare in Contemporary Japan: The Yamanote Jijosha’s The Tempest

Emi Hamana
Published Online: 2016-12-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mstap-2016-0017


In considering the Yamanote Jijosha’s The Tempest, this paper explores the significance of performing Shakespeare in contemporary Japan. The company’s The Tempest reveals to contemporary Japanese audiences the ambiguity of Shakespeare’s text by experimenting with the postdramatic and a new acting style. While critically pursuing the meaning and possibility of theatre and performing arts today, this version of The Tempest powerfully presents a critical view of the blindness and dumbness of contemporary Japan, as well as the world represented in the play.

Keywords: An additional ending; delusion; magic; violence; the 11 March 2011 disaster


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Published Online: 2016-12-30

Published in Print: 2016-12-01

Citation Information: Multicultural Shakespeare, Volume 14, Issue 1, Pages 73–85, ISSN (Online) 2300-7605, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mstap-2016-0017.

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