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'The Suit' squares a love triangle

Oct 30, 2013

'The Suit' squares a love triangle

by Lindsay Nelson

In his seminal 1968 work “The Empty Space,” Peter Brook wrote: “Certainly, we still wish to capture in our arts the invisible currents that rule our lives, but our vision is now locked to the dark end of the spectrum. Today the theatre of ...

Oct 30, 2013

Two-thirds of Japanese firms employ workers until age 65

The proportion of Japanese companies in which all employees can work until at least the age of 65 has risen 17.7 percentage points from a year earlier to a record high of 66.5 percent, a labor ministry survey showed Wednesday. The sharp rise came ...

'Total abandon' for two landmark duos

Oct 30, 2013

'Total abandon' for two landmark duos

by Kris Kosaka

Ballet audiences in Japan are widely acknowledged to be among the best in the world, but there’s still a lot to be learned here about contemporary dance. However, those seeing a show in a short tour of works by French choreographers Mathilde Monnier and ...

Turner: Steering art toward Impressionism

Oct 30, 2013

Turner: Steering art toward Impressionism

by C.B. Liddell

One of the most impressive paintings at the “Turner from the Tate” exhibition now on at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is “Spithead: Two Captured Danish Ships Entering Portsmouth Harbour” (1808). In some ways it is a run-of-the-mill, realist sea painting of the type ...

Chinese police arrest five Muslims in Tiananmen Gate attack

Oct 30, 2013

Chinese police arrest five Muslims in Tiananmen Gate attack

Police announced the arrests Wednesday of five people in connection with this week’s suicide car crash in the heart of China’s capital, calling it a planned terror attack — Beijing’s first in recent history — and identifying the attackers as members of a Muslim ...

Voices of Syria's war set to haunt Tokyo stage

Oct 30, 2013

Voices of Syria's war set to haunt Tokyo stage

by Andrew Eglinton

The war in Syria has been making headlines for more than two years now, but it’s made very little impact on the theater world in Japan. Next month, though, that’s set to change with the Tokyo staging of “The Fear of Breathing,” a hard-hitting ...

Syria sacks deputy prime minister who met U.S. officials; polio spreads

Oct 30, 2013

Syria sacks deputy prime minister who met U.S. officials; polio spreads

Syria’s president sacked a deputy prime minister who met Western officials to discuss the possibility of holding a peace conference, saying he acted without permission. The Tuesday decree was the latest blow to diplomatic efforts to bring the country’s warring parties to the negotiating ...

The effervescence of artist He Xiangyu

Oct 30, 2013

The effervescence of artist He Xiangyu

by James Jack

He Xiangyu is a conceptualist with a clear vision of the world as a philosophical playground. The critical language employed in his artworks quotes from global consumerism, Americanism and militarism, emphasizing the power of infinitesimal change. He uses the shape of a leaf to ...

'Jan Tschichold'

Oct 30, 2013

'Jan Tschichold'

by Jordan Sievers

The 20th century, which experienced rapid technological advancements, saw drastic shifts in societal change, not to mention changes in print techniques, that demanded new and modern-style typefaces. Jan Tshichold, one of the most prominent and influential typographers of the time, was a pioneering member ...

Pistorius to face additional gun charges at murder trial

Oct 30, 2013

Pistorius to face additional gun charges at murder trial

South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius faces two additional gun-related charges at his trial for the murder of his girlfriend, the prosecution said Tuesday. The prosecution won permission to add the charges to their main case against Pistorius for the Valentine’s Day murder of ...

Oct 30, 2013

Banksy alters painting, donates it to NYC charity

The secretive British graffiti artist Banksy is at it again. After buying a painting of a pastoral scene for $50, Banksy donated it back to the thrift shop where he bought it Tuesday — but only after reworking it, adding a Nazi soldier to ...

'Art and literature in Japan 1926-1936'

Oct 30, 2013

'Art and literature in Japan 1926-1936'

by Jordan Sievers

Early 20th-century Japan experienced changes in both its political and sociological structures that, as the Showa Era (1926-1989) progressed, helped creative disciplines flourish. The 20th-century thus became a period of artistic and literary renaissance that paved the way for emerging trends and movements, which ...

South African white extremist plotters sentenced

Oct 30, 2013

South African white extremist plotters sentenced

White extremists who set off a series of bombs, plotted to overthrow the South African government and kill Nelson Mandela were given jail terms Tuesday, ending the first major treason trial under post-apartheid laws that many hope will deter future radicals. The sentences for ...