dhr. drs. M.J. (meLê) Yamomo

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Bezoekadres
    Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18  Amsterdam
  • Postadres:
    Nieuwe Doelenstraat  16-18
    1012 CP  Amsterdam
  • M.J.Yamomo@uva.nl

meLê yamomo is an assistant professor of theatre studies at the University of Amsterdam. He completed a PhD in theatre studies and musicology at the Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität in Munich (Germany).  In 2010, meLê completed a dual Master's degree in international performance research and theaterwetenschap from the universities of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Warwick (UK) under an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. From 2010-2013, he worked as a doctoral researcher at the DFG Kosseleck Project - "Global Theatre Histories". In 2007-08, meLê was a lecturer of theater and performance at the Assumption University of Thailand in Bangkok. He has also worked as a theatre director, composer, and designer in Manila and around Southeast Asia. In 2005-06, he was an Exchange Artist Fellow at the Korean National Arts Council and the Korean National Theatre . He was artist-in-residence of theatre at the CASA San Miguel in the Philippines between 1999 to 2002. He was also the founder and artistic director of different theatre companies in the Philippines. meLê trained in theatre directing and music composition at the Philippine High School for the Arts, and received a BA in art studies at the University of the Philippines.


Presence and Aesthetic Experience in Performance, Film and the Arts

I hear you. Theatre, Film, Media and Sonic Art in Sound Culture

Composing Theatre, Staging Music. Practices and Concepts in Music Theatre



Music Theatre as Laboratory (jointly offered by the Theatre Studies and the Musicology Departments)


Academic Journals


meLê yamomo. “Brokering Sonic Modernities: migrant Manila musicians in the Asia Pacific, 1881-1948” in Popular Entertainment Journal 6, no. 2 (2015)

meLê yamomo. “Panay Creation Myth as World Picture in {The Alunsina Network}”in Musika Jornal, 5 (2009) University of the Philippines


Book Chapters


meLê yamomo and Steve Villaruz. “Manila and the World Dance Space: Nationalism and Globalization in Cold War Philippines and Southeast Asia” in Theatre, Globalization and the Cold War, edited by Christopher Balme. Palgrave- Macmillan, Forthcoming

The Boat is Sinking? Open Encounter Addressing the Urgency of Artistic Cross-Cultural Dialogues

co-organized with Dancing on the Edge in cooperation with Dutch Culture and the Amsterdam School of Globalisation Studies
University Theater, 5 November 2015, 15:00-18:00
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Transformation: Lecture and Open Masterclass by Pierre Audi

Stage Director, "Sorella, que dici?.... Prenderò quel brunettino", from Mozart’s Così fan tutte (1790)
University Theatre, Amsterdam, 6 October 2015, 10:00


Troubled Love (Opera Masterclass with Pierre Audi)

Co-organizer together with Kasper van Kooten and Prof. Kati Röttger Organized under through the Theatre Studies Amsterdam, and the Pierre Audi Honorary Fellowship Programme
University Theater, Amsterdam, 13 May 2015


Localizing the International: Visions of Curatorship in Theatre and Performance,Master class with Frie Leysen;

Organizer and convener
Organized on the occassion of Frie Leysen’s winning the Erasmus Prize and the Jubileaum of the Theatre Studies, University of Amsterdam; Funded through the Praemium Erasmianum,
University Theater, Amsterdam, 24 October 2014
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Globalizing Opera Workshop

Organizer and co-convener together with Prof. dr. Kati Röttger
International Workshop funded through the Amsterdam School of Globalization Studies; and organized through the Netherlands Institute of Cultural Analysis
University Theater Amsterdam, 19 June 2014
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Cross-Culturality in/as Music Theatre (Practice-as-Research Workshop)

Workshop; Organized through Theatre Studies Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute of Cultural Analysis
University Theater, Amsterdam, 14-15 May 2014
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  • Yamomo, M. (2015). Brokering Sonic Modernities: migrant Manila musicians in the Asia Pacific, 1881-1948. Popular Entertainment Studies, 6(2), 22-37. [details] [PDF]


  • Yamomo, M. J. (2016). Sounding Modernities: Theatre and Music in Manila and the Asia Pacific, 1869-1946 [details]
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