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Migration of Voices: Modern Japanese Playwight Torahiko Kori in London

Ayumi Fujioka


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The Cultural heterogeneity in modern British theatre has been considerably studied, nevertheless the aspects of Japanese theatre have seldom been highlighted. This talk is the beginning of an international collaborative research project to explore a comprehensive examination of Japanese theatre in modern British theatre by focusing on the British theatrical network of Torahiko Kori(1890-1924), during his stay in the Britain(1914-1923) . Kori was a Japanese playwright, who played a principal role among Japanese colleagues in Britain and associated with W.B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, Edith Craig, and Ellen Terry. Kori is a significant figure in Japanese theatre. However, the body of work and relationships he developed in Britain have not been sufficiently examined. To understand these, Kori’s romantic relationship with the British poet, Hester Saintsbury, is indispensable. The recently found letters between them would give a better picture of Kori’s works as well as the dynamic strata within the multi-layered modern British theatre. This research project examines the holistic cultural mutuality between modern Japanese theatre and British theatre and its ethos of heterogeneity by taking the relationship of Torahiko Kori and Hester Saintsbury as a focal point and then expanding the scope to the multi-faceted theatrical relationships in 1910-1920s. In this talk, Fujioka will give an introduction to Kori’s career path, networks, and plays.


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Ayumi Fujioka is professor in Theatre Studies, School of Cross-Cultural Studies at Sugiyama Jogakuen University (Japan). Her research has been centred on various aspects of the Edwardian Theatre. She currently conducts research on the intercultural relationship between British and Japanese theatre in the early 20th Century. She has edited a book: ‘Dan Leno and Pantomime-Wonderland’, ‘An Imagined National Theatre: the Royal Court Theatre’, Theatre and Culture in London: A History of Modern British Theatre, Asahi Press (2015), and co-edited books: ‘The Birth of Repertory Theatre Movement’, Critical Aspects of Theatre Studies vol.2, Sankei-sha (2015), ‘The Emergence of an Actress Who Tells the Story of Herself; Elizabeth Robins in British Modern Theatre’, Critical Aspects of Theatre Studies vol.1, Sankei-sha (2011). Her research is aided by grants both from Sugiyama Jogakuen University and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.


Kori and Hester - ‘This precious life that is ours’

Rosalind Wyatt


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I am a professional British artist working with text and textiles since 2001. I work mainly to commission and have worked with major British brands (Burberry, Fortnum & Mason, The British Council) to share their narrative and story using garment and hand stitch. My connection to this project is that I produced a body of work (stitched garments) using the love letters of Kori and Hester Sainsbury (a Bloomsbury group artist and my husband’s grandmother).

http://www.rosalindwyatt.com/portfolio/stitch-lives-others/


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Rosalind Wyatt was born and raised in London. She is known as an international artist and works from her studio in Chiswick, West London. Having initially trained in Calligraphy and Bookbinding at Roehampton, she went onto study mixed media Textiles at The Royal College of Art, London.

Calligraphy and lettering commissions involve producing bespoke samples for PR, film and TV, interiors and fashion and corporate (Burberry, Hogan, Swarovski, David Beckham, Fendi, Vivienne Westwood). She consults and works widely in the film industry last year training leading cast member to write with a quill for the film The Favourite.

Stitch commissions include producing luxury bespoke gifts for private clients from all around the world and larger corporate commissions such as two stitched garments for Fortnum & Masons of London (2013), which now hang in the Boardroom.

She has developed her own technique of writing with a needle combining text and textile where she hand stitches by eye the handwriting of an individual onto a garment. The Stitch life of Others was the first major body of work which explores this concept and this has evolved into the current epic project called The Stitch Lives of London’ – a modern day Bayeux Tapestry. Garments and stories are donated by individuals such as Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE, mother of Stephen Lawrence who donated his athletic running top which becomes the artwork A boy who loved to run; the shirt worn by actor Jude Law when he played Hamlet; the t shirt worn by the mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin MBE and most recently a trench coat commissioned by Burberry and telling the epic tale of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and the invention of gabardine.

Her collage paintings (usually a collage of text and textile) allow for philosophic expression and abstract mark making and often incorporate large brush calligraphy. Zen brushwork has become part of her artistic practice and she has spent time studying this at source in Japan. Collages have been exhibited in galleries throughout the UK, Europe and Japan and are collected by private individuals including the designer Nicky Haslam who commissioned a series.

She lectures, talks and teaches widely - including at the Victoria & Albert Museum and delivered a paper for Cambridge University for the Text and Textile conference (2012). She has been featured on BBC Radio several times and her work is published. Her art work continues to be shown in galleries and museums around the UK, Switzerland, USA and Japan. She is married to the jeweler, Patrick Wyatt where they live in west London with their two cats Milo and Frankie.

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