Posted on 17/11/2008
Diego Pellecchia, a second year PhD student in the Department, has been awarded the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation PhD grant to train in traditional Noh dance, chant and mask-carving in Kyoto, Japan with Master-Actor Udaka Michishige of the Kongoh School. Diego’s research looks at the reception of Japanese Noh theatre in Europe and its impact on European theatre practitioners from the late 19th century until today. As his research has a specific focus on the ethics of Noh training, the grant will allow him not only to practice, but also to perform fieldwork within the International Noh Institute, an organization addressing to the foreigners willing to learn Noh theatre according to the traditional methods. Besides being a young academic, Diego is also one of the few non-Japanese Noh practitioners in the world: after receiving his initial training in Italy, he has practiced in Japan and performed on the Kongoh stage in Kyoto in May 2007 both in solo pieces and in the chorus of a full Noh production.
Diego has recently received the Glynne Wickham grant and the Departmental travel grant to present the paper ‘Staging Noh Theatre Outside Japan: the Udakakai European Tour 2007’ at the European Association for Japanese Studies biannual conference in Lecce, Italy.