2022/02/06 – Reconsidering the International Expansion of the Arts and Culture in the Twentieth Century: Interculturality in the United States of America, France and Japan

Programme officiel des Ballets russes : Théâtre de l’Opéra, mai-juin 1920 : [soirée du 8 mai 1920], BNF Gallica, domaine public
  • Date and Time:
    Feb. 6th (Sun), 2022 – 10:00-13:40 JST
    (Feb. 5th (Sat), 2022 – 20:00-23:40 EST, Feb. 5th (Sat), 2022 – 18:00-21:40 MST, Feb. 5th (Sun), 2022 – 17:00-20:40 PST)
  • Method: Online (Real-time)
  • Language: English (no translation)
  • Organizer: IFRJ-MFJ/ JSPS Grant-in-Aid Young Scientist (A) 17H04770 (Waseda University)
  • Support: Sciencescope
  • Registration: Please click this URL (https://forms.gle/E5LW4pJfpG6pBY4XA) and fill out the form 


The aim of this symposium is to reconsider the international artistic and cultural exchanges in the twentieth century, focusing mainly on art and culture, particularly dance. Leading dance studies scholars will present and discuss famous artists – Isadora Duncan, Ida Rubinstein, Antonia Mercé, to name a few – who performed in Europe, especially in France; but we will also consider the American performers such asAlvin Ailey, and, Asian artists. The flowering of the arts, in all its forms, becomes a global phenomenon due to the transnational, transoceanic movements with modern forms of communication of the last century. The major features and the importance of remarkable women in this extraordinary growth will be discussed, focusing on the internationalization of art and culture, and what might happen in the future.


  • Ann Cooper ALBRIGHT (Professor, Chair of Dance, Oberlin College and Conservatory, Guggenheim Fellow) 
  • Thomas F. DEFRANTZ (Professor, Department of African and African American Studies, Duke University)
  • Judith CHAZIN-BENNAHUM (Distinguished Professor Emerita of Dance, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of New Mexico) 
  • Ninotchka D. BENNAHUM (Professor, Department of Theater and Dance, University California, Santa Barbara)
  • HOSHINO Yukiyo (Professor, Nagoya University, Graduate School of Humanities, Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
  • YAGISHITA Emi (Associate Professor, Waseda University, Société asiatique)


  • Emi Yagishita (Associate Professor, Waseda University)
  • Judith Chazin-Bennahum (Distinguished Professor Emerita of Dance, University of New Mexico) 

Time schedule

Feb. 6th (Sun), 2022 – 10:00-13:40 JST

  • 10:00-10:10 (JST) Opening remarks 
    Bernard Thomann (Director, IFRJ-MFJ)
    Emi Yagashita (Associate Professor, Waseda University)
  • 10:10-10:35 (JST) (EST:20:10-20:35) including 5mins Q&A 
    Ann Cooper Albright (Professor, Oberlin College and Conservatory)
    “ACTS OF PASSION: Tracing History through the Body”
  • 10:35-11:00 (JST) (EST:20:35-21:00) including 5mins Q&A
    Thomas F. DeFrantz (Professor, Duke University)
    “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater”
  • 11:00-11:25 (JST) (MST:19:00-19:25) including 5mins Q&A
    Judith Chazin-Bennahum (Distinguished Professor Emerita of Dance, University of New Mexico) 
    “Dancer, Actress, Goddess of the Stage Ida Rubinstein, Glitters in Paris”
  • 11:25-11:30 (JST) 5mins break
  • 11:30-11:55 (JST) (PST: 18:30-18:55) including 5mins Q&A
    Ninotchka D. Bennahum (Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
    “Antonia Mercé, ‘La Argentina’: The Construction of the Bailaora on the French Stage, 1910-1936”
  • 11:55-12:20 (JST) including 5mins Q&A
    Yukiyo Hoshino (Professor, Nagoya University)
    “The Spread of Western Modern Dance to China through Japan”
  • 12:20-12:45 (JST) including 5mins Q&A
    Emi Yagishita (Associate Professor, Waseda University)
    “Isadora Duncan and Dancers in the Twentieth Century: Focusing on Two Japanese Male Dancers Who Were Active Overseas”
  • 12:45-12:50 (JST) 5mins break
  • 12:50-13:30 (JST) (EST:22:50-23:30, MST:20:50-21:30,PST:19:50-20:30)
    Round-table Discussion: All speakers
  • 13:30-13:40 (JST) Closing remarks 
    Bernard Thomann (Director, IFRJ-MFJ)
    Emi Yagishita (Associate Professor, Waseda University)

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