The Studies of Theater Archives course is building a database
of the information and materials on collection at the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre
Museum and converting that information over to digital format, in order to build
a foundation for study activities at the Theatre Research Centre. An attempt is
being made to solve problems that arise during this process taking into consideration
the peculiarities of the materials themselves and how they are used. The collection
of the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum is vast in quantity and features are
wide diversity of genre, so careful attention is being paid to subtle differences.
It is being cataloged and organized so as to gain an understanding of what actually
exists in the collection as soon as possible. Plans are to make cataloged information
available for searching as it is stored on our server.
The Studies of Film Archives course is promoting studies through
the following projects.
1. Griffith Project 2. Newspaper Archives 3. Other Archives
The course in Theoretical Studies of Theatre (Western/Comparative
Theatre Studies) consists of several lectures given by researchers at the frontline
of theatre studies in each Scandinavia, France, Germany, England, USA and Ireland.
Through the lectures and active discussions, students deepen their understanding
of the present state of theatre in the West and the latest theories in theatrical
arts. Also, a variety of Individual Research Projects are undertaken by faculty
members and the cooperation of stage artists is obtained to develop a plethora
of study activities in yet unexplored areas. Furthermore, constructive support
is given to special research students who are writing their doctoral thesis, by
providing them an opportunity to report their work and having them attend the
COE Seminar. These are the three core elements of the course in Western/Comparative
The study activities of Theoretical Studies of Theatre (Choreological
Studies) center around two core projects: (I) "Basic Seminar on Choreological
Studies in Japan" and (II) "Collection of Miyabi Ichikawa's Dance Archives". The
objective of (I) is to identify topics that will lead to the establishment of
choreological studies in Japan by understanding research trends both inside and
outside Japan in the various fields of research. The objective of (II) is to prepare
the collection of dance materials donated by late Prof. Miyabi Ichikawa of Waseda
University for public disclosure and, by this, build a foundation for choreological
studies. Few Japanese universities offer courses for major in choreological studies.
And, there are not any libraries and museums in Japan that specialize in choreography.
Given the bleak situation, much hope has been placed in this course. Past seminars
and workshops have fomented meaningful interaction as they have been attended
not just by faculty and students of this university but also by outside researchers
and students. (Director: Yasuko Kataoka, Visiting Professor, School of Letters,
Arts and Sciences, Waseda University)
The course in Theoretical Studies of Theatre (Asian (Chinese)
Theatre Studies) promotes study activities around the theme of "Chinese Theatre
and the Modern Age". As described in the Annual Activity Report, in 2003, multiple
opportunities to research and discuss the aforementioned theme were made possible
by inviting researchers from Mainland China, Taiwan and Japan. In 2004, it is
our intention to offer intensive study activities on the individual topic of "The
Body, Education and Politics in Contemporary Chinese Theatre", while at the same
time continuing to create an environment for research and discussion of the various
topics concerning "Chinese Theatre and the Modern Age".
Also, the course accepts collaborating researchers rather than graduate students
as Special Research Students. For this reason, there is not a schedule of regular
lectures and seminars. Researchers who are interested in the aforementioned themes
are welcome to apply as Special Research Students or Visiting Researchers.
The Noh and Kyogen course develops research and study activities
around the below two projects.
1. Studies of the Reproduction of Old Musical Instruments for Noh Music
2. Studies of the Reproduction of Noh Songs
The puppetry of Jyoruri and Bunraku are forms of theatre.
They are ancient performing arts and have been named UNESCO World Heritages. But,
they can entertain present-day audiences only with performances that adhere strictly
to traditions. The Ningyo-Jyoruri and Bunraku course will look at what has been
handed down over these past three centuries and how that should be passed on to
the future, by delving academically and practically into the problem of how to
hand down this form of theatre. It will not be limited to textbook research as
studies will take the form of instructive guidance by having performers at the
forefront of Bunraku show diverse methods for reviving and performing original
works. This should have the effect of handing down of Ningyo-Jyoruri and Bunraku,
while also activating Bunraku performances in the truest sense of the word.
The Kabuki and Japanese Dance course aims to establish a new
field of theatre studies by fusing the study of expression in Kabuki and Japanese
dance with academic research. Around a core of text-based studies, students will
analyze expressive techniques via audio-visual materials. And, with the cooperation
of performers, they will attempt to revive historically important works, reproduce
lost expressions and perform rare works.
The Cultural Environment for Theatre course looks into the
use of public space. Study and education will center on the three pillars of research
projects, the COE Seminar for Special Research Students, graduate students and
faculty, and lectures with speakers from outside the university.