October 2023 Message from the Executive Director

Autumn is drawing in at 64 The Close with the weather in the UK turning colder and noticeably darker as we enter October. While Norwich has enjoyed some cooler temperatures, I have spent the last month in a much warmer Japan visiting partners, friends and colleagues. On 19th September we signed an agreement of cooperation with the Japanese National Institutes for Cultural Heritage, the umbrella organisation for the National Museums of Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Kyushu and the National Research Institutes for Cultural Properties, Tokyo and Nara. This is a wonderful development for the Institute and we look forward to working closely with all these organisations, many of which we […]

Report on the talk: ‘Pigs, Roman Emperors, and Go-Go Boots: Hijikata Tatsumi and the Revolution, Tokyo 1968’

The September instalment in the Sainsbury Institute’s Third Thursday Lecture series was delivered by Professor William Marotti, Associate Professor of History and Chair of the East Asian Studies MA IDP Program at UCLA. In his talk, he examined Hijikata’s seminal dance work, Hijikata Tatsumi and the Japanese: Revolt of the Flesh, within its 1968 context. Amid a moment marked by global and local struggles, Butoh dance stands as a contentious art form with practitioners worldwide. The backdrop against which Hijikata Tatsumi’s groundbreaking dance piece, “Hijikata Tatsumi and the Japanese: Revolt of the Flesh,” unfolded was the grand spectacle of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics—a massive undertaking aimed at showcasing Japan’s post-World War […]