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Frederik L. Schodt: Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe- How an American Acrobat introduced Circus to Japan – and Japan to the West.

January 23, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Location: Cruess Hall 220

On New Year’s Eve, 1866, Professor Risley arrived in San Francisco from Yokohama, Japan. He was accompanied by the Imperial Japanese Troupe of acrobats and performers, who under his direction would amaze not only the residents of San Francisco, but also huge audiences on the East Coast and in Europe. Risley was a famous acrobat in his own right, and the story of how he introduced circus to Japan, and how he triggered a craze in Japanese performers in the West (and contributed to the Japonisme movement), is part of a fascinating lost-but-recently-uncovered history. In a presentation heavily illustrated with photographs and drawings, award-winning author Frederik L. Schodt will reveal the story of Risley and his troupe, who gave the world one of its first glimpses of Japanese popular culture.

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This event is sponsored by East Asian Studies, Davis Humanities Institute, East Asian Languages & Cultures, Performance Studies

For more information please contact: Patrick Kinkade, pkkinkade@ucdavis.edu


January 23, 2014
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
arts event

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