Cultural Performances of Asia

A young man breakdancing in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo.

Breakdancing in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo - 1998. (Image by Ian Condry.)


MIT Course Number

21G.067J / WGS.608J

As Taught In

Fall 2005



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Course Description

This course examines cultural performances of Asia, including both traditional and contemporary forms, in a variety of genres. Students will explore the communicative power of performances with attention to the ways performers, media, cultural settings, and audiences interact. The representation of cultural difference is considered and how it is altered through processes of globalization. Performances are viewed live when possible, but the course also relies on video, audio, and online materials as necessary. There are no prerequisites for this course and it is taught in English.

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Ian Condry. 21G.067J Cultural Performances of Asia. Fall 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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