Andrew Eglinton

For Andrew Eglinton's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Flies' festers at core of family life

Jan 7, 2015

'Flies' festers at core of family life

Central to William Golding’s dystopian novel “Lord of the Flies” is the notion of violence as a social construct. “Maybe there is a beast … maybe it’s only us,” says the protective Simon before a hostile assembly of other schoolboys marooned on the uninhabited ...

Jan 1, 2015

Kansai region on course to enhance its blossoming arts renaissance

In its 2013 policy report, the Agency for Cultural Affairs vowed to build “a nation based on culture and the arts” through the promotion of regional festivals, artist-in-residence programs and other events. So what can we expect the Kansai region’s contribution to the performing ...

Life's the star in new 'Constellations'

Nov 26, 2014

Life's the star in new 'Constellations'

As the third play in its series titled Drama for Two — The Power of Dialogue, the New National Theatre, Tokyo, is set to stage acclaimed English playwright Nick Payne’s two-hander quantum love story “Constellations” for a three-week run from Dec. 3. On a ...

Asia enriches the Bard's work-in-progress

Nov 19, 2014

Asia enriches the Bard's work-in-progress

Whatever would William Shakespeare make of it all if he were to journey now through Asia, where the interpretations of his works differ so much across vast regions, ethnic groups, cultures and languages? Since the 1990s, in the field of Shakespeare studies non-Anglophone productions ...

Kyoto Experiment marries form to cutting-edge content

Sep 24, 2014

Kyoto Experiment marries form to cutting-edge content

Kyoto Experiment, the city’s monthlong international performing-arts festival that debuted in 2010 and has been growing in popularity in the vanguard of contemporary performance every year since, is now set to embark on its fifth and most radical edition. The ongoing success of this ...

Suitcase 'Macbeth' packs a punch

Jul 16, 2014

Suitcase 'Macbeth' packs a punch

Cultures collide on the small square stage of Mansai Nomura’s pared-down “Macbeth,” in which the actor/director draws on the restrained aesthetics of noh and the agility and wit of kyōgen traditional comic theater as he transplants his version of Shakespeare’s blood-soaked Scottish play to ...

Famed Kinosaki hot-spring idyll immerses itself in performing arts

Jun 4, 2014

Famed Kinosaki hot-spring idyll immerses itself in performing arts

The small hot-spring resort of Kinosaki beside the Sea of Japan in northern Hyogo Prefecture is as picturesque as it is peacefully genteel. However, with April’s opening of the Kinosaki International Arts Center (KIAC), this rural home to fewer than 5,000 now aims to ...

French to the fore on SPAC's 2014 festival menu

Apr 23, 2014

French to the fore on SPAC's 2014 festival menu

It is often said that “variety is the spice of life,” but in the multifarious world of theater it is more a staple than a special condiment. That said, “variety” is the keyword chosen by Satoshi Miyagi, artistic director of the Shizuoka Performing Arts ...

Taihen actors put bodies on the line

Mar 12, 2014

Taihen actors put bodies on the line

Observing rehearsals by the physical-theater company Taihen for their upcoming “Over the Rainbow” show at ABC Hall in Osaka was in many ways a free-jazz experience. On a compositional level, the Taihen stage is an intimate meeting-ground between cast, crew, musicians and audience. The ...