Kinuta: Noh Soul in Western Garb

James A. Cook, Associate Professor of Art

James Cook and Noel Pinnington, associate professors of Art and East Asian Studies, respectively, created a translation, adaptation and screenplay of the Japanese Noh play, Kinuta. The screenplay formed the basis of the 45-minute film titled The Wind Well, first previewed at Confluencenter’s 2016 research showcase.

Created from a classic work of Japanese literature, the screenplay infused contemporary language and social trappings familiar to Western audiences while retaining the Zen-influenced philosophic underpinnings, the narrative intent, the formal dance movement and musically percussive pacing of traditional noh.

The team endeavors to have the film screened at film and video festivals, university galleries, and contemporary art centers.

Last updated on March 16, 2017.