This panel will investigate the way that notions of community have evolved in artistic practices in Japan in the past and in the present day.
The almost cult-like worshipping of the director, playwright or artist in modern and contemporary Japanese visual and performing arts has often been noticed and contributed to the way that Japanese artistic practices have been perceived (and - arguably - misinterpreted) in the "West". In this panel we aim to tackle the idea of community regarding different constellations in an historical dimension stretching over different genres, such as Kabuki, Buto, Angura and contemporary visual and performing arts practices. How does the idea of "community" reverberate in these respective groups, practices and forms of expression? How do artistic leaders such as directors, senior artists and producers create and maintain notions of community? How can we understand the hierarchical roles leaders and their disciples play in these constellations? How is "community" reflected in the production process? How do the arts remake expressions of community over time?