‘Masking and Enmasking: Noh Theatre as a Strategy in Contemporary Art and Performance’
Sat 14 May 2016, 3.30-5.30
Kings Place, London, Hall Two
Part of two-day festival ‘Noh Reimagined’ curated by Akiko Yanagisawa from mu:arts (13-14 May 2016)
'Echoes' is a 20 minute performance piece with electro-acoustic sound, various flutes, de-collaged publication and live projection for 3 performers (David Toop, Emi Watanabe, Wiebke Leister).
The event consisted of 4 performances and a panel discussion: A screening of Simon Starling’s film from 'Project for a Masquerade (Hiroshima)', which connects the making of contemporary Noh masks with Cold War politics, nuclear development and art. Ignacio Jarquin presented the beginning of his 'Madam Butterfly Returns' with music by Michael Finnissy and a libretto by Andrew G Marshall. Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt and Palle Dahlstedt's piece looked at the role of hero and victim in Noh through movement and sound fragments. David Toop, Emi Watanabe and Wiebke Leister explored the psychological and aesthetic significance of voice and face masking. Followed by the launch of the artist publication 'Echoes and Afterlives' by Wiebke Leister.