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Pardeh khani (literally, âreading off the screen/curtainâ) has been one of the most widely practiced forms of storytelling in Iran and is still occasionally performed. This narration of epic stories painted on a screen is one of the most dramatic forms of story narration and singing in...
Abstract: In this essay I discuss how a familiar costume element in Javanese court dance, a long piece of patterned cloth known as the sampur , functions poetically through the ways it is used by the dancer. I elaborate on eight categories of use of the sampur , primarily from the point of view...
This essay examines the role of English, multilingualism, translation, and Singaporeâs local creole Singlish in Alfian Saâatâs play Cook a Pot of Curry (2013). The play is set against a backdrop of Singaporeâs National Population and Talent Divisionâs proposed plan to expedite...
Abstract: In addition to a translation of the play Manzai Tichiuchi , or Vendetta of Performers of “Myriad-Year” Felicity , this article gives background on this 1759 work by Tasato Chōchoku, the kumi odori genre in which he wrote, and the practice of the art, and the performance of this...
Abstract: Utopia Ltd ., written by the important Taiwanese playwright Chi Wei-jan and produced by Creative Society in December 2001, dramatizes the gradual dissolution of a production company named Utopia Ltd. This play explores factors shaping Taiwanese identities and the impossibility of...
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