Lines of flight: intersubjective training across intercultures as the basis for a comparison between Japanese nô and Chinese jingju (‘Beijing opera’)

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Abstract

Intersubjectivity offers a methodology for the comparison of performance training in Chinese jingju and Japanese nô. By connecting intersubjectivity with the concept of the rhizome, I suggest that intercultural encounters arise from the intertwining of two subjectivities, the master and the student, neither of whom totalize the theatrical form. I illustrate the limits and opportunities this methodology affords through an interrogation of my own experiences of training. In particular, I focus on the deployment and channelling of energy (qi/ki) through the body. I suggest that intersubjectivity enables me to offer concrete points of comparative reference, but also enables me to account for the specificities of my own training.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-98
Number of pages18
JournalTheatre, Dance and Performance Training
Volume9
Issue number1
Early online date14 Mar 2018
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Publication statusPublished - 2018

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