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Avatar: Disembodied Performance in Modern Japan

March 6, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Image of Eiheiji Temple showing tall trees and moss-covered stone sculpture.
Photograph courtesy of Aragon Quinn.

Aragorn Quinn

UW-System Fellow (2022-2023)

Associate Professor, Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


This project explores modern Japanese theater that de-centers the human body in the performative event. Ranging from early 20th century film/theater hybrid productions to contemporary theater in both virtual reality and via holograms on physical stages, “Avatar: Disembodied Performance in Modern Japan” looks to understand the place of liveness and mediation in performances within synthetic worlds. While theater is traditionally understood as a live event with performers and audiences sharing a temporal and spatial moment, this project seeks to understand what is left of the fundamentally human act of performance in the absence of the body.


Aragorn Quinn is an Associate Professor of Japanese Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His work focuses on Japanese political theater in the period between the Meiji Restoration and WWII.

*Events currently open only to 2022-23 fellows due to space concerns; please contact IRH at info@irh.wisc.edu to be added to a cancellation list for in-person events.*


March 6, 2023
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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