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Online symposium “Translation and Performance of Shakespeare”

The Global Japanese Studies Model Unit is pleased to invite you to the online symposium “Translation and Performance of Shakespeare”.

Event Overview

  • Outline of the Symposium

Shakespeare wrote his plays primarily for performances. However, when the plays are performed in translated texts, what issues could be raised? In this symposium, we would like to discuss Shakespeare’s translations used to stage performances from the viewpoints of a translator, a director and an actor.
First, Professor Odashima, who has translated many modern plays, will discuss the significance of translation and its difficulties. Then, from the standpoint of a director, Mr. Nishikawa gives his opinions on cutting or adapting the texts for performances, and especially on the difference of Shakespeare’s texts compared to modern plays. Professor Fuyuki will raise questions about Shakespeare’s translations and about how to represent the cultural differences on stage. Mr. Oshio, a graduate student, will give his comments on Shakespeare on stage, based on his experience as an actor taking on several roles in Shakespeare’s plays.
The discussion about what direction Shakespeare performances in translation should head to is expected to be deepened in the symposium.

Free and open to the public

  • Date: July 3rd, 2021
  • Time: 14:00 – 15:30 (JST) GMT+9
  • Speaker: Nobuhiro Nishikawa, director of Bungakuza
    Koshi Odashima, Professor, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, School of Culture, Media and Society, Waseda University
    Seiji Oshio, Masters course student of Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University
  • Moderator: Hiromi Fuyuki, Professor, Letters, Arts and Sciences, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Waseda University
  • Sponsored by: Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University
    Global Japanese Studies Model Unit, Waseda University Top Global University Project
    Waseda University Cultural Affairs Division
  • Language: Japanese
  • Venue: Online
  • Participation Method: Please apply here to participate.





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