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Unorthodox Tradition: Heritage & Creativity in Kabuki
by Ms Yow Wei Meng

Ms Yow Wei Meng, an expert who is in the field of Kabuki for more than two decades, conducted a talk at Japan Creative Centre (JCC) on Wednesday, 14th October. A form of Traditional Japanese Dance-Drama, Ms Yow spoke about the unique features of Kabuki such as its make-up, Actor’s Lineage and music. Most importantly, she explored the possible of having creativity and innovation in the traditional heritage of Kabuki, as well as its relevance in today’s society.

The talk drew many audiences who were going to Ebizo Ichikawa Xi's Japan Theater 2015 at Marina Bay Sands, one of the renowned Kabuki performers in Japan, which was held from 17th and 18th October. It gave them a clear picture and explanation on Kabuki before watching the performance.

The speaker, Ms Yow, was awarded a scholarship by the Waseda University to conduct post-graduate research in Comparative Theatre - comparing Kabuki with Chinese Opera, under the late Professor Toshio Kawatake at Waseda University in mid-1980s. During the past 25 years, she has been an avid speaker on Kabuki, Chinese Opera and a comparison of both art forms. She translates surtitles from Chinese to English and Japanese for stage productions of Chinese opera and lyric opera and also facilitates talks and workshops by directors and performers from Japan and China.

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