Posted on 18/02/2013
Dr. Diego Pellecchia
Drama alumnus Dr. Diego Pellecchia has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 IFTR Young Scholar's Prize for his essay 'Ezra Pound and the Politics of Noh Films', in which he explores the role of Noh in Pound's controversial political activism during the years preceding World War II. The article shows how Pound's interest for Noh continued after the publication of Noh, or, Accomplishment, in which he edited Ernest Fenollosa's co-translations of Noh plays, and was stimulated by early audiovisual recordings of Noh plays that started circulating in the late 1930s. Through the film medium Pound wished to disseminate in the West what he regarded not only as an aesthetically beautiful art-form, but also as an ideal vehicle of good ethics.
Dr. Pellecchia received his PhD from Royal Holloway in 2012 with a thesis analysing the intersection of aesthetics and ethics in the reception of Noh in the West. He has published on various aspects of Noh theatre in the intercultural context: recent publications include chapters in The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History (2012) and Japanese Theatre Transcultural (2011). Pellecchia has been visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway and East 15, University of Essex before moving to Kyoto, where he currently is associate researcher at the ISEAS Italian School of East Asian Studies, studying the role of amateurs in the world of Noh. Besides his scholarly activities, Pellecchia has been training as a Noh actor with Master Udaka Michishige (Kongoh School) since 2006. He has appeared in a number of productions in Japan and abroad. As a core member of the INI International Noh Institute, he has organised and led Noh workshops in Japan, Great Britain, and Italy.
His blog on Noh is http://nohtheatre.wordpress.com/