Asian Theatre Journal, vol. 35, no. 1 (2018)

Puran Bhatt combines traditional and contemporary figures in his productions. Image from “Tradition and Post-Tradition: Four Contemporary Indian Puppeteers” by Karen Smith and Kathy Foley this issue. (Photo: Courtesy of Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust)

The Spring 2018 issue of the Asian Theatre Journal opens with a farewell from editor Kathy Foley. Read an excerpt from her final Editor’s Note here:

To make this journal worth reading is the work of many hands and heads around the globe. It requires all the expertise that we as a community of Asian Theatre practitioners and scholars can muster—the years that you, as readers-doers-authors, have spent studying Asian dance, music, movement, text, puppets, language, costumes, staging—they are here. So is expertise you have developed in understanding a culture (your own or someone else’s), the many months you have spent in the archives, the long hours you have watched performances in halls, houses, fields, and temples. This journal is a living community of scholars and artists responding via reporting on arts practice to a changing world.


Shank’s Mare: A Transcultural Journey of Puppetry Creation and Performance
by Claudia Orenstein

Intercultural Theatre and Community in Southeast Asia: The ASEAN Puppet Exchange in Jakarta
by Jennifer Goodlander

The Heritage of Wang Piying Troupe: Shadow Puppetry in North Sichuan
by Tang Rui

Tradition and Post-Tradition: Four Contemporary Indian Puppeteers
by Karen Smith and Kathy Foley

Ancestral Deliverance and Puppet Performance: Mulian Rescues his Mother and Bima Goes to Heaven
by I Nyoman Sedana and Kathy Foley

Reviving Wayang Orang Sriwedari in Surakarta: Tourism-Oriented Performance
by Sri Rochana Widyastutieningrum

“Come, You Spirits”: An Alternative Afterlife to Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Othello, as Mediated through Japanese Classical  and Kyōgen Theatre
by Michael Ingham and Kaoru Nakao


Conflicted Loyalties in “English Kabuki”: Portland’s English Kabuki Revenge of the 47 Samurai (Kanadehon Chūshingura)
by Jonah Salz

Semarak Bangsawan: The Invigoration Project in Malaysia
by Marlenny Deneerwan and Sabzali Musa Kahn

The Palo-Palo in Batanes, Philippines: From Colonial Legacy to Performance of Solidarity
by Sir Anril P. Tiatco, Madilene B. Landicho, and Jem R. Javier


…plus performance reviews, exhibit reviews, and book reviews.

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Asian Theatre Journal is dedicated to the performing arts of Asia, focusing upon both traditional and modern theatrical forms. It aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge throughout the international theatrical community for the mutual benefit of all interested scholars and artists.


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