Title

Flamenco in Japan: Fusion and Transnational Identity

Presenter

Joel Ponce

Abstract

Japan has the largest flamenco following outside of Spain. An estimated 80,000 Japanese students study flamenco at 600 studios and schools. The flamenco tradition has grown in popularity through the performances of Yoko Komatsubara and the dance company Arte y Solera. Both Komatsubara and Arte y Solera are well-regarded performers in Japan and Spain. To better understand the reception of flamenco in Japan and Japanese flamenco performers in Spain, I analyze three programs presented by the Spanish television station Canal Sur. Given flamenco’s complex and ill-defined history and identity, I explore the ways in which it has gained a transnational identity in the fusion of traditional Japanese theatre arts and flamenco performance.

Faculty Sponsor

Ron Takemoto

Sponsor Department/Programs

Asian Studies

Tracks

Japan: Tradition and Modernity

Location

Kimball Theatre

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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Flamenco in Japan: Fusion and Transnational Identity

Kimball Theatre

Japan has the largest flamenco following outside of Spain. An estimated 80,000 Japanese students study flamenco at 600 studios and schools. The flamenco tradition has grown in popularity through the performances of Yoko Komatsubara and the dance company Arte y Solera. Both Komatsubara and Arte y Solera are well-regarded performers in Japan and Spain. To better understand the reception of flamenco in Japan and Japanese flamenco performers in Spain, I analyze three programs presented by the Spanish television station Canal Sur. Given flamenco’s complex and ill-defined history and identity, I explore the ways in which it has gained a transnational identity in the fusion of traditional Japanese theatre arts and flamenco performance.