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Reading - Intercultural Theatre Practices - 2017-18

Key Texts (recommend buying)

Preread - Ric Knowles, Theatre & Interculturalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) overview

Patrice Pavis (ed.) 1996. The Intercultural performance Reader (London/ NY: Routledge)
Ric Knowles, 2010. Theatre & Interculturalism. (Palgrave Macmillan) – overview.
David Henry Hwang M. Butterfly. 1957. (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1989, or in Wadsworth)
Helen Gilbert (ed.), 2001. Postcolonial Plays: an anthology (London: Routledge)
Handspring Puppet Company’s Tall Horse (2005), Handspring and Sogolon Puppet Company, Text by Kephra Burns, in Millar, M. 2006. Journey of the Tall Horse: a story of African theatre. London: Oberon.

Video material and readings will be available to exemplify much of this material.

Other key references

Bharucha, R. 1993. Theatre and the world: Performance and the politics of culture. London: Routledge
Said, E. 1994. On Orientalism, in Culture & imperialism. London : Vintage.
McLeod, John. 2000. Beginning Postcolonialism. Manchester: Manchester Uni Press.
Schechner, R. & Appel, W. By means of performance – intercultural studies of theatre and ritual. Cambridge: CUP.
Schipper, Mineke. 1999. Imagining Insiders: Africa and the question of belonging. London: Cassell (the introduction)

Readings on specific Practioners


Brook, Peter – screenplay of Mahabharata, produced by Propper, M, BFI, 2005.

Brook, Peter. 1987. Mahabharata. Translated by Carriere, J. London.

Bharucha, Rustom. 1988. Peter Brook’s ‘Mahabharata’: A view from India. Theater, 19:2 (Spring), 6-20.

Chaudhuri, Una. 1998. “Working out of place” in Staging Resistance: essays on Political Theatre. Colleran, Jeanne & Jenny S. Spencer (eds.) UNi of Michigan Press.

Cheung, King-Kok (ed.) 1997. An interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature, CUP.

Dasgupta, Gautam. 1987. “The Mahabharata”: Peter Brook’s Orientalism. Performing Arts Journal, 10:3, 9-16.

Hwang: M. Butterfly

Groos, Arthur. Madame Butterfly: The Story. Cambridge Opera Journal, 3:2, 125-158.

Hwang, David Henry. Evolving a Multicultural Tradition. MELUS, 16:3 (Autumn 1989 – Autumn 1990), pp. 16-19.

Kondo, Dorinne K. “M. Butterfly: Orientalism, Gender, and a critique of Essentialist Identity. Cultural Critique, No. 16 (Autumn) 1990, pp. 5-29.

Kondo, Dorinne. 1997. About Face: Performing Race in Fashion and Theatre. New York: Routledge.

Li, David Leiwei. 1998. Imagining the Nation: Asian American Literature and Cultural Consent. Stanford Uni Press.

Moy, James. “David Henry Hwang’s ‘M. Butterfly’ and Philip Kan Goutanda’s ‘Yankee Dwag You Die’: Repositioning Chinese American marginality on the American Stage. Theatre Journal, 42:1 (March) 1990. 48-56. JSTOR,

Savran, David. In their own words: contemporary American playwrights. NY: Theatre Communications Group, 1988.

Shin, Andrew. “Projected Bodies in David Henry Hwang’s ‘M. Butterfly’ and ‘Golden Gate’”. MELUS, 27:1 (Spring)

Yoshihara, Mari. 2004. The flight of the Japanese Butterfly: orientalism, nationalism and performance in Japanese womanhood. American Quarterly Journal, 56:4, 975-1001.

Girish Karnad Hayavadana (apart from readings cited in Postcolonial Reader)

Awasthi, Suresh & Schechner, Richard. “Theatre of Roots”: Encounter with Tradition. Drama Review, 33:4 (Winter, 1989), 48-69.

Balme, Christopher. Indian Drama in English: Transcreation and the Indigenous Performance Tradition. In: (Post)colonial Stages: Critical & Creative views on Drama, Theatre & Performance. Gilbert, Helen (ed). West Yorkshire: Dangaroo, 1999.

Dharwadker, Aparna. Performance, Meaning, and the Materials of Modern Indian Theatre. New Theatre Quarterly, XI:44, 1995, 335-370..

Takarazuka Revue

Anan, Nobuko. Two-dimensional Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Women’s Performance, TDR, The Drama Review, Vol. 55, No 4, Winter 2011 (T212), 96-112

Berlin, Zeke. “The Takarazuka Touch.” Asian Theater Journal 8 (1991): 35-47.

Brau, Lorie.1990. The Women’s Theatre of Takarazuka. Drama Review, 34:4, 79-95.

Dream Girls. 1994. Director: Kim Longinotto, VHS BBC.

Hester, Jessica 2009. “Japanese Women/ American Men: National identities and the Takarazuka Revue”, in Portrayals of Americans on the World Stage, (ed.) Wetmore, Kevin, J. Jnr. Jefferson: MacFarland & Company, 191-200.

Holledge, Julie and Joanne Tompkins 2000. Women’s Intercultural Performance London: Routledge. (section on Takarazuka Revue in chapter 4)

Robertson, Jennifer. 1989. Butch and femme on and off the Takaruzuka stage: gender, sexuality, and social organisation in Japan. East Lansing, Michigan State University.

Robertson, Jennifer. 1998. Takarazuka: Sexual politics and popular culture in modern Japan. California Uni Press.

Stickland, Leonie. Gender Gymnastics. (a sociological approach to the company, offering some challenges to Robertson's book).

Thornbury, Barbara 2000. (review of Robertson 1988) Asian Theatre Journal, 17:1, 129-131.

Towle and Morgan. 2002. Romancing the Transgender Narrative. GLQA. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, 8:4, 469-497.

Wetmore, Kevin J. "A Note on Takarazuka." Rising from the Flames: The Rebirth of Theater in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952. (challenges Robertson’s reading and argues that Takarazuka is not so much a nationalist/ masculinist theatre apparatus as a commercial organization which caters to those in power.)

Wetmore, Kevin J. “From Scarletto to Kaze to tomoni sarinu: Musical
Adaptations of Gone with the Wind in Japan” in Modern Japanese Theatre and Performance. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2006, 237-247


Bradby, David & Delgado. 2002. The Paris Jigsaw. Manchester Uni press.

Williams, David. 1999. Collaborative Theatre: The Theatre du Soleil Sourcebook. London: Routledge, 1999.

Copeland Jamieson, Kiernander ABC ARTS ONLINE Mnouchkine

On Mnouchkine’s adaptations of Shakespeare using Asian theatre forms – Zarilli, Theatre Histories, 477-478.


George, David E.R. Ritual Drama: Between Mysticism and Magic. Asian Theatre Journal, 4:2 (Autumn) 1987, 127-165.

Savarese, Nicola. 2001. 1931: Antonin Artaud sees Balinese Theatre at the Paris Colonial Exposition. TDR, 45:3 (Autumn), 51-77.

Snow, Stephen. 1986. Intercultural Performance: The Balinese-American Model. Asian Theatre Journal, 3:2 (Autumn), 204-232.

Sponsler, Claire & Chen, Xiaomei (eds.) 2000. East of West: cross-cultural performance and the staging of difference. NY: Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave