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Yumi Umiumare – Choreographic challenges to (mis)conceptions of Asianness in Australia

Hadley, Bree J. (2005) Yumi Umiumare – Choreographic challenges to (mis)conceptions of Asianness in Australia. In Journeys to the Interior: Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (ADSA) Annual Conference 2005, 4th-7th July 2005, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, 4th-7th July 2005. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Since migrating to Australia more than a decade ago, butoh dancer Yumi Umiumare has been interested in performing her Japanese identity ironically, making her own otherness part of an ongoing choreographic challenge to (mis)conceptions of Asianness in Australia. Her butoh-based choreography traverses her body’s outer and inner landscapes to simultaneously expose stereotypes of Asianness, and explore the physical processes constrained by these stereotypes. Umiumare’s strategic performance of stereotypes is risky, readily collapsed back into the culturally ordained images of otherness she is trying to challenge. Nevertheless, Umiumare clearly believes this strategy is the most effective way of making the otherness she experiences as a Japanese woman living in Western society palpable for her largely white audiences, making them uncomfortable with the (mis)conceptions they hold. This strategy is central to How Could You Even Begin To Understand? Version 9-12, the small scale traverse stage performance I consider in this paper.

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ID Code: 7079
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author: bree.hadley@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Yumi Umiumare, Tony Yap, "How could you event begin to understand? version 9, 12, Butoh, Identity
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Dance (190403)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Bree Hadley
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2013 16:27

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