CENTONZE Katja

Position
Associate Professor
Telephone
041 234 9509
E-mail
katjacen@unive.it
Scientific sector (SSD)
LINGUE E LETTERATURE DEL GIAPPONE E DELLA COREA [L-OR/22]
Website
www.unive.it/persone/katjacen (personal record)
Office
Department of Asian and North African Studies
Website: https://www.unive.it/dep.dsaam
Where: Palazzo Vendramin

Dati relazione

Periodo di riferimento
07/02/2019 - 06/02/2021
Afferenza
Dipartimento di Studi sull'Asia e sull'Africa Mediterranea
Ruolo
Professori Associati
A.A.InsegnamentoCodice VotoVoto medio area
2018/2019LINGUA GIAPPONESELT003N33.2
2018/2019LINGUA GIAPPONESE 1LT004N3.43.2
2019/2020LINGUA GIAPPONESE 2LT005N78.1
2019/2020LINGUA GIAPPONESE 3 MOD.1LT006N78.1
Anno solareTipologiaTesi RelatoreTesi Correlatore
2019Corso di laurea magistrale3
2020Corso di laurea magistrale3
  • Corporealities Shifting from the 1960s to the 1970s (Overseas Mobility Teaching Staff)
  • Mishima Yukio and the Performative Act: Requiem Opera Omnia by Kasai Akira
  • “Challenging Fe/male Bodies: Queering Corporeality against Power”
  • “Il caso Mishima Yukio: Una rilettura critica tra letteratura e storia a cinquant’anni dalla morte” (Progetto interateneo)
  • Bodies and Japanese Language
  • Il corpo tra arte, cinema, fotografia e danza
  • Placing Protest: Paradoxes in Butō’s Body Politics
  • Trans-corporealities from kuronuri miira to ginnuri
  • “Challenging Fe/male Bodies: Queering Corporeality against Power”
  • Katja Centonze (2021), Bodies in Japanese Language: An Introduction to the Polysemous Character of Corporeality in ANNALI DI CA' FOSCARI. SERIE ORIENTALE, vol. 57, pp. 575-604 (ISSN 2385-3042) (Articolo su rivista)
  • Katja Centonze (2021), Osmosi tra fotografia e butō nell’indipendenza dell’ombra: l’invisibile si fa danza in Fabio Massimo Fioravanti, Kyoto Butoh-kan, Torino, Voglino Editrice, pp. 49-59 (ISBN 978-8831946193) (Articolo su libro)
  • Katja Centonze (2021), Butō (butoh) in Katja Centonze, Enciclopedia dell'Arte Contemporanea, Roma, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana Fondata da Giovanni Treccani, vol. I, pp. 437-440 (ISBN 978-88-12-00924-4) (Voce in dizionario/enciclopedia)
  • Katja Centonze (2021), Hijikata Tatsumi , Enciclopedia dell'Arte Contemporanea, Roma, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana Fondata da Giovanni Treccani, vol. II, pp. 393-394 (ISBN 978-88-12-00924-4) (Voce in dizionario/enciclopedia)
  • Katja Centonze (2021), Kara Jūrō , Enciclopedia dell'Arte Contemporanea, Roma, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana Fondata da Giovanni Treccani, vol. II, pp. 568-569 (ISBN 978-88-12-00924-4) (Voce in dizionario/enciclopedia)
  • Katja Centonze (2021), Ōno Kazuo , Enciclopedia dell'Arte Contemporanea, Roma, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana Fondata da Giovanni Treccani, vol. III, pp. 533-535 (ISBN 978-88-12-00924-4) (Voce in dizionario/enciclopedia)
  • Katja Centonze (2020), Placing Protest and Corporeality in the 1960s in RIVISTA DEGLI STUDI ORIENTALI, vol. XCIII, pp. 121-136 (ISSN 0392-4866) (Articolo su rivista)
  • Katja Centonze (2020), Ōno Yoshito e l’animale scenico: gli esordi del butō , Testimonianze ricerca azioni, Genova, AkropolisLibri, vol. 11, pp. 73-98 (ISBN 978-88-32092-04-2) (Articolo su libro)
  • Katja Centonze (2019), Hijikata Tatsumi no nikutairon: shitai kara shuppatsusuru koto , Nihon no butaigeijutsu ni okeru shintai: shi to sei, ningyō to jinkōta iThe Body in Japanese Performing Arts: Death and life, dolls and artificial bodies, Kyōto, Kōyō Shobō, pp. 263-282 (ISBN 9784771031685) (Articolo su libro)
  • Katja Centonze (2019), Letteratura invaghita del corpo: La danza di Hijikata Tatsumi riflessa nelle parole di Mishima Yukio , Teatro Akropolis. Testimonianze ricerca azioni in Testimonianze ricerca azioni, Genova, Akropolis Libri, vol. 10, pp. 124-142 (ISBN 978-88-32092-02-8) (Articolo su libro)
2019: 3 (tesi magistrale, primo correlatore)
2020: 3 (tesi magistrale, primo correlatore)
2021: 4 (tesi triennale, primo relatore)
7 (tesi magistrale, primo correlatore)
 Editorial board member Marco Polo series
 Editorial board member The Future Contemporary: Inquiries into the Visual, Performing, and Media Arts, eds. Cristina Baldacci, Miriam De Rosa, Susanne Franco, Edizioni Ca’Foscari
 Scientific Board Member Edizioni Ca’Foscari – Japanese Studies
 Scientific Board Member Arti della performance: orizzonti e culture. Series edited by Matteo Casari and Gerardo Guccini http://www.dar.unibo.it/it/rice rca/prodotti-della-ricerca/arti-della-performance-orizzonti-e-culture.
In my scientific productions (publications, papers, research projects, lessons, events/conferences I organised), which prevailing address marginal bodies, I suggest alternative modes of approaching corporealities, thereby dealing with problems that involve critical issues of academic investigation and methodology.
Over the past three years, I have deepened and developed studies on
- the rapport between explicit and implicit political expression in
performance
- social protest, performativity and movement/stillness
- transcorporealities in performance
- bodies in dance, theatre, literature, photography and film
- bodies in live performance and in new media art
- the ailing bodies in butō dance during the era of pandemics
- the shift from bodies onstage to bodies onscreen (digitalised bodies) during the era of pandemics

Part of the trajectories traced in accomplished and ongoing research works are illustrated below:

1) Mishima Yukio e l’atto performativo: drammaturgie di un artista
A research on Mishima Yukio’s dramaturgical and artistic productions, his collaborations with the 1960s avant-garde including dance, theatre, photography and film
This project is curated in collaboration with Giovanni Azzaroni and Matteo Casari and consists of
a) the online conference “Preludio a Mishima Yukio e l’atto performativo: drammaturgie di un artista” (2020);
b) the International Symposium Mishima Yukio e l’atto performativo: drammaturgie di un artista (2021);
c) publication of the book Mishima Yukio e l’atto performativo: drammaturgie di un artista (Bologna: CLUEB 2022);
d) the performance, workshop and lecture demonstration Requiem Opera Omnia by Kasai Akira (postponed).
The aim is to place Mishima in one of his favorite areas, which is that of performance and corporeality. The goal of the project is to highlight the way Mishima conceives writing itself as a performative act, and the way his literary production is based on the awareness that his words precede his body.

2) Placing Protest and Corporeality in the 1960s
A study on corporeality, place, act (kōi) and protest in Japan’s 1960s avant-garde
The aim of this project is to highlight the alternative and influential thinking offered by Hijikata Tatsumi (founder of butō dance) in this revolutionary context and the incisive role played by the art of dance in framing the perception of corporeality, place and protest during the 1960s.
The political discourse underpinning Japan’s countercultural production in the field of visual and performing arts throughout the 1960s was intimately bound to corporeality, and more specifically, to the corporeality of the carnal body, the nikutai. Art practices unfolded in their transversal and intermedial facets and were configured as acts (kōi), while being more or less concentric to political actions of remonstration. In such a context, where art, dissent and corporeality interlace, a prevailing trope is that of place (basho). A reflection on protest defined in respect to corporeality and place, this study focuses on Hijikata Tatsumi’s butō within the performance practices that developed as a response to the socio-political crisis established by the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty. In particular, in this study reference is made to the still-unexplored debate articulated during the symposium Geijutsu no jōkyō (Situation of the arts) convened in November 1960.


3) Challenging Fe/male Bodies
This research project aims at investigating gender issues in ground-breaking modes of performance by focusing on the history of butō dance. Since its emergence in the late ’50s, butō has critically questioned heteronormativity through corporeal experimentations highlighting male homosexuality, androgyny and dislocated cross-dressing. At the same time, butō achieved a drastic challenge to notions of the body itself by resisting systems of knowledge. While queering forms of monolithic identity it erased the performer’s (human) identity, age, gender, nationality and social status, thereby pulverising residues of subjectivity. Nevertheless, female butō dancers began appearing onstage in the second half of the 1960s. One of the purposes of this project is to understand why only recently female artists, who reside and are active in Japan, do explicitly voice the urge to emancipate from a male-centred system, although their art has been challenging and denouncing since the beginning. Moreover, the project aims at observing, in a transcultural perspective, artistic practices of female performers, who reside outside Japan, as Kaseki Yūko, and whose works present readable dramaturgies entailing a counter-discourse in relation to their sexuality and their position occupied in society.
(Kaseki Yūko will perform at Teatro Ca’Foscari on March 24th and hold a workshop at CTR on March 25th 2022)

4) Corporealities Shifting from the 1960s to the 1970s
This investigation addresses the aesthetics and performance strategies developed during the 1960s, compared to the aesthetics developed during the 1970s, a transformation I define as the “shift from the nikutai-centred culture to the shintai-centred culture”.
It is based on primary sources from private collections (collection of literature, audio-visual material, books, pamphlets and notes regarding experimentations crossing dance, theatre, music and visual arts) that have not yet been acknowledged by official narrative, and on interviews, in order to give voice to silent aspects of the avant-garde and to its protagonists who are potentially relegated to oblivion.

5) Bodies in Japanese Language
This research offers an overview of the kaleidoscopic landscape and broad array of terminologies and signs defining the word “body” in Japanese language. The survey focuses in particular on the etymological and semantic explanations provided in selected monolingual dictionaries to display discrepancies among the same vocabularies seen as a reflection of the ambiguity and hybridity that affect corporeality itself. The aim of this study is to highlight the complex lexical system and its multi-layered readings, in which corporeality is embedded, a phenomenon that I interpret as an inverted tip of the iceberg that shows the centrality of corporeality in cultural production.

6) A research concerning modes of translation (from Japanese to foreign languages and vice versa) of synonyms that define the word “body” and of technical terms related to performance.
25/11/2021: (invited) “Mishima Yukio: orditura di drammaturgie e atti performativi”, International symposium “Mishima Yukio e l’atto performativo: drammaturgie di un’artista”, Università di Bologna, DAMSLab/La Soffitta.
14/11/2021: (invited) “Murobushi Kō in bilico sul orlo dell’impossibile”, Teatro Akropolis Testimonianze Ricerca Azioni XII, Palazzo Ducale di Genova.
28/08/2021: (invited) Closing session Performing Arts Section, Final discussion “Performing Crises Japan: Critical Responses”, EAJS Conference 2021.
25/11/2020: (invited) “Preludio a ‘Mishima e l’atto performativo: drammaturgie di un artista”. Online conference Preludio a “Mishima e l’atto performativo: drammaturgie di un artista”, Università di Bologna, La Soffitta.
07/11/2020: (invited) “Situare la protesta e il corpo: paradossi nella politica corporale del butō”, International conference Immagini e immaginari del butō. Il corpo tra cinema, fotografia, politica, performatività (Teatro Akropolis Festival Testimonianze Ricerca Azioni XI), Genova, Palazzo Ducale (online).
09/11/2019: (invited) “Corpi tra scrittura e performance”, Danza, scrittura, libri. Il caso del Butoh, roundtable/symposium with Samantha Marenzi, Raimondo Guarini and Alessandro Pontremoli. Palazzo Ducale, Genova (Teatro Akropolis Festival Testimonianze Ricerca Azioni X).

PRESENTATION
28/08/2021: (cfp) “Quicksilvering the Naked Body against Power: Trans-corporealities from kuronuri miira to ginnuri, Panel “Butoh-s in Color-s”, EAJS Conference 2021.
31/10-01/11/2019: (cfp) “Placing Protest: Paradoxes in Butoh’s Body Politics”, Butoh Next Symposium, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York.
- Peer Review for Edizioni Ca’Foscari
- Peer Review for articles published by Italian Association for Japanese
Studies (AISTUGIA)
- Peer Review for Danza e ricerca. Laboratorio di studi, scritture,
visioni

Organisation and Curation of Conferences, Symposia and Workshops
25-26/11/2021: Co-curation with Giovanni Azzaroni, Matteo Casari of international symposium “Mishima Yukio e l’atto performativo: drammaturgie di un’artista”, Università di Bologna, DAMSLab/La Soffitta.
27/10/2021: Organiser and discussant of “Critical Performance, Crisis and Disasters” Online Conference by Fujii Shintarō, Peter Eckersall (Ca' Foscari Series 3.11, Ten Years on: Reflections on Contemporary Japan after the Great East Japan Triple Disaster; Ph.D Program of Asia and Africa).
April-May 2021: Organiser and discussant of lecture series Ciclo di conferenze “Dall’androide al corpo: librarsi nella performance giapponese” (Lectures by Matteo Casari, Fabio Massimo Fioravanti, Cinzia Toscano).
15/12/2020: Co-organiser and discussant of online conference by Jonathan Hall “Neither Nude nor Naked: Queer Exposure and the Japanese Body” supported by Ca’Foscari Student Association “Gesshin”.
25/11/2020: Co-curation with Giovanni Azzaroni and Matteo Casari, Online conference Preludio a “Mishima e l’atto performativo: drammaturgie di un artista”, Università di Bologna and Ca’Foscari University, La Soffitta.
07/11/2020: Co-curation with Samantha Marenzi International conference Immagini e immaginari del butō. Il corpo tra cinema, fotografia, politica, performatività (Images and Imageries of Butoh. Cinematic, Photographic, Political and Performative Bodies), Teatro Akropolis Festival Testimonianze Ricerca Azioni XI, Genova, Palazzo Ducale (online).

Organisation of Events, Performances, Scientific and Cultural Project Collaborations
2019-2020: Coordinator “Progetto Anime Arte”. Joint project between DSAAM, Japanese film production and distribution company Asmik Ace, design agency OverDriveDesign, public relation agency Waku Work, and prof. Francesca Usicco (Waseda University, Tōkyō) involving students from my course of Japanese language 2 mod. 1. This collaboration aims at promoting the anime series “Arte”, centred on a young female artist living in the 16th century.
09/12/2019: Reading of haiku in Japanese. A collaboration with Claudio Ambrosini (Ex Novo Ensemble), Festival des refusés “Come ascoltare la Musica Contemporanea 2: Tempo e Spazio”, Ateneo Veneto, Venezia.
14/10/2021: PhD lecture “Corpi critici e corpi di crisi: studi accademici e performance”, Ph.D Programme Asian and African Studies, DSAAM.
Board member Teatro Ca’Foscari (2021-ongoing)
Presidente della commissione giudicatrice per il conferimento del titolo di Dottorato di Ricerca in Civiltà dell’Asia e dell’Africa con sede amministrativa presso “Sapienza Università di Roma” (XXXII Ciclo). Dottoranda Samantha Audoly (dicembre 2020)
- Coordinatrice Collegio Didattico della triennale LICSAAM (febbraio-
ottobre 2019)
- Coordinatrice Gruppo Assicurazione della Qualità della triennale LICSAAM
(febbraio-ottobre 2019)
- Membro Collegio Didattico della triennale LICSAAM (ottobre 2019 a oggi)
- Membro Gruppo Assicurazione della Qualità della triennale LICSAAM
(ottobre 2019 a oggi)
Adjunct Researcher (招聘研究員), Tsubouchi Shōyō Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University.
Il periodo di riferimento di questa relazione è biennale (07/02/2019 - 06/02/2021)