Dr Ashley Thorpe

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My research concerns performance forms from East Asia, as practiced both in China and Japan, and in the United Kingdom.

Previous research has focused on Chinese xiqu, specifically jingju (‘Peking Opera’), drawing upon an interdisciplinary mix of historical studies, translation, ethnomusicology and anthropology. Recent research has focused on the effects of transnational and intercultural encounters through an exploration of Chinese performance forms (specifically xiqu) in London.

I have also undertaken research on British East Asian (BEA) performance in the UK, including an exploration of BEA representation in major British theatre institutions, as well as the work of BEA theatre companies.

I am the co-founder and programme director of Noh Training Project UK, a unique three-week workshop, which, since 2011, has offered intensive, performance-based training in the dance, chant, music and performance history of Japanese classical Noh drama.


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