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[Nichibunken-IHJ Forum]
Japanese Traditional Theater Seen from Italian Theater
Noh, Kabuki, Opera, Ballet―Focusing on “Kyoran (Madness)” as a Theme


  • *This program has already finished.
  • Lecturer: Bonaventura Ruperti (Professor, University Ca ‘Foscari of Venice)
  • Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
  • Language: Japanese (without English interpretation)
  • Co-organized by the International House of Japan and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken)
  • Admission: Free (reservations required)

Japanese theatrical arts are highly appreciated in the world as so is Italian theater, revolving around opera and with its great influence on European culture and still constituting a bright traditional current in the world.
What do the theaters of Japan and Europe, totally different theatrical arts in terms of music and acting, have in common? In this program, Professor Ruperti will get to the essence of plays as theatrical art through the theme of “kyoran (Madness)” in Italian opera, Japanese noh and kabuki.

Bonaventura Ruperti

Photo: Bonaventura RupertiPh.D. from “L’Orientale” University of Naples and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Professor Ruperti has studied in Japan as a grantee of a Ministry of Education, Science and Culture scholarship and of a Japan Foundation fellowship. He has held prominent positions such as visiting professor of the National Institute of Japanese Literature and has been appointed as a visiting research scholar of International Research Center for Japanese Studies from September 2015. A leading scholar of Japanese literature and theatre in Italy, he is especially well versed in Bunraku, Noh and Kabuki.


*I-House has started a series of forums in collaboration with Nichibunken to deepen the understanding of contemporary Japan from various perspectives.