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Silent film musicians and a benshi with Hamilton's benshi performers
"The Sound of Silent Film" Resonates with Packed House

“The Sound of Silent Film: A Two-Part Benshi Event,” the second 2014 F.I.L.M. Series program, offered a packed house a multi-faceted event featuring a unique musical collaboration between international artists from Japan, France and Canada on Sunday, Sept. 28. The audience, which included numerous local Utica community members, were treated to a world premiere of a Western-style composition with traditional Japanese instruments brought together for the purpose of accompanying Japanese silent movies.  More ...

Benshi Ichiro Kataoka
Benshi Event Will Feature Music, Film

Hamilton’s FILM series will host a Benshi Event featuring benshi Ichiro Kataoka, composer Gabriel Thibaudeau and musicians from Japan, Canada and France on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m., in the Bradford Auditorium, KJ.  More ...

Tori Fukumitsu,  Ichiro Kataoka (a benshi), and Professor Kyoko Omori.
Benshi, Japanese Silent Film Narrators

This summer, Tori Fukumitsu ’15, an English major and Japanese minor, is working on an independent Emerson project,“Performing With the Picture, Moving With the Times: the Role of Benshi in Preserving a Japanese Cultural Practice and Adapting to a Global Audience” with Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures (Japanese) Kyoko Omori. Fukumitsu is exploring benshi, Japanese silent film narrators, and their performing art of setsumei.  More ...

Jack Lyons '16
The Silent Serpent: Understanding the Role of Benshi in Japanese Cinema

With the exception of the 2011 French film The Artist, which won three Golden Globes and five Academy Awards, silent films have become a thing of the past. Yet there may still be lessons to learn from this antiquated art form. John Lyons ’16, an Asian studies major with a Japanese focus, was recruited by Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures Kyoko Omori to work on the DHi project, “Reconstructing Serpent.”  More ...

Mackenzie Leavenworth '15, right, on site in Gournia, Greece, during a 2013 Emerson research expedition with Professor John McEnroe.
26 Students Awarded Emerson Research Grants

Recipients of the 2014 Emerson Summer Grants were recently announced. Created in 1997, the  program was designed to provide students with significant opportunities to work collaboratively with faculty members, researching an area of interest. The recipients, covering a range of topics, are exploring fieldwork, laboratory and library research, and the development of teaching materials. The students will make public presentations of their research throughout the academic year.  More ...

Kyoko Omori
Omori Awarded Japan Foundation Grant

Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures Kyoko Omori has been awarded an $11,000 grant from the Japan Foundation for a project titled “Reconstructing and Creating a New Japanese Silent Film Experience: Benshi, Music and Film.”  More ...

Kyoko Omori
Omori Presents at New York University

Associate Professor of Japanese Kyoko Omori presented a paper, “Reinvesting Nuclear Capital: Hiroshima, Cinema, and Global Circulation of Witness,” at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference on March 22 at New York University.  More ...

Kyoko Omori
Omori Gives Invited Talk at University of Bonn

Associate Professor of Japanese Kyoko Omori gave an invited talk at a symposium held at the University of Bonn on Nov. 30. The conference was titled “Film as Performing Art: Comparative History of Early Japanese and European Cinema.”  More ...

Kyoko Omori
Omori Presents at University of Chicago

Associate Professor of Japanese Kyoko Omori gave a talk at the Association of Japanese Literary Studies conference at the University of Chicago on Oct. 19. Her paper was titled “Narrating Modernity: Tokugawa Musei, Creative Adaptation, and Benshi Performance.”  More ...

Kyoko Omori
Omori Participates in Japanese Cinema Workshop at Yale

Associate Professor of Japanese Kyoko Omori was one of six invited presenters at the Kinema Club XII held at Yale University on April 13. In her paper, “Usher Unsilenced: Tokugawa Musei, Benshi Performance, and Modernist Adaptation,” Omori sought to shed light on the trans-mediatic underpinnings of Japanese popular modernism.  More ...

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