OPINION Kaite O'Reilly

NWR Issue 103

Rich Text: Kaite O'Reilly on Welsh Noh and Japanese Aesthetics

Sitting in the sun at a Shinto shrine beside a lake, amongst weathered stone fox spirit statues, their inner ears painted sekinetsu, Japanese ‘hot’ red, it’s hard to believe I’m in Tokyo. Giant koi lazily swim by, golden bodies luminescent. My experience of Japan couldn’t be further from the clichés of a futuristic technological dystopia, or a Lost in Translation East-West cultural clash.

Perhaps part of this is down to the shared culture of theatre. I’m in Japan as dramaturg of the Llanarth Group on an exchange with Ami Theatre, beginning with a repertoire of performances by the two companies and workshops by artistic directors Phillip Zarrilli and Okamura Yojiro, sharing their training and work processes. Within a very short time we are feeling the resonance of mutual principles and aesthetics, alongside the distance in approaches...

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