Shizumi Manale Podcast

No CommentsMarch 24, 2011 by John

Listen to the entire interview with Shizumi Manale, conducted by noted ethnomusicologist Mark Puryear.

Part 1:

Dancer/choreographer/performance artist Shizumi Manale talks about her childhood growing up in various parts of Japan and the influence of her parents, especially her mother, who studied and taught Japanese folk music. (5:02)

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Part 2:

Shizumi Manale discusses wanting to be a ballet dancer from a young age and her first exposure to ballet and art classes in Osaka. (6:14)

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Part 3:

Shizumi Manale recounts her exposure to Japanese traditional arts during her formative years in school. (5:41)

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Part 4:

Shizumi Manale discusses her fascination with Kyōgen theatre. (5:36)

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Part 5:

Shizumi Manale continues talking about Kyōgen theatre, particularly the gender disparity. (5:12)

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Part 6:

Shizumi Manale talks about studying modern dance; she also recalls the many teachers who continue to influence her. (4:45)

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Part 7:

Shizumi Manale tells how she arrived in the United States to study at U.C. of Berkeley as an international exchange student. She also shares her love for the avant-garde and about her exposure to Western music and culture. (5:08)

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Part 8:

Shizumi Manale draws parallels between Kyōgen theatre and Western avant-garde performance art. She also talks about her interests in the fashion world. (4:55)

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Part 9:

Shizumi Manale talks her studies at San Francisco State University and how she reconnected with traditional Japanese theatre after exploring American culture. (5:17)

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Part 10:

Shizumi Manale explains how she infuses modern and Western elements into traditional Japanese theatre to create something new. She also talks how she learned how to apply for grants in America. (6:19)

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Part 11:

Shizumi Manale talks about traveling through California with her arts and education program. She also touches on the challenges of getting people to understand and respect Japanese traditional art. (5:34)

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John Murph is a renowned music/arts journalist and multimedia/interactive web producer.