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 in this area has focused on the effects of transnational and intercultural encounters through an exploration of Chinese performance forms (specifically xiqu) in London.

Current research focusses on Japanese nō, specifically projects that take place outside of Japan. I am interested in English-language nō, which I suggest is distinctive from other kinds of nō-inspired performance by virtue of it working from inside the nō form. As the basis for investigations, I have written and performed my own English-language nō, Emily (2018).

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 nō drama.

陶西雷博士是伦敦大学皇家霍洛威学院戏剧与舞蹈系的高级讲师。他的研究专长为中国传统戏剧在中国和英国的实践。他的第一本专著《中国传统戏剧中的小丑角色:中国舞台的喜剧,批评和宇宙论》于2007年发表。第二本专著《在伦敦舞台上表演中国:中国戏剧及其国际影响力(1759-2008)》已于近日出版。此外,他还在期刊发表多篇学术论文,并进行戏剧导演工作。2011年,他导演了熊式一由中国戏曲改编的话剧《王宝川》。

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