Andrew Eglinton

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

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 ...

Feb 12, 2014

Dance, Kobe — dance!

Whatever springs to mind when you think of Kobe, it’s unlikely to be dance. Yet, from the fourth floor of a nondescript building in the port city’s multiethnic district of Shin-Nagata there shines forth a veritable beacon called Dance Box. Founded in Osaka in ...

Yokohama's annual feast of TPAM

Feb 5, 2014

Yokohama's annual feast of TPAM

As befits its designation as a “Cultural City of East Asia 2014,” Yokohama is about to host Japan’s foremost annual platform for contemporary performing arts. Launched in 1995 as the Tokyo Performing Arts Market, the weeklong event moved to its present home in 2011, ...

Brecht's 'Fatzer' underground in Kyoto

Nov 13, 2013

Brecht's 'Fatzer' underground in Kyoto

The term “metatheater” refers to devices in a play that break the so-called “fourth wall” — the illusion of theatrical reality — in order to involve the audience as critical participants in the production. Metatheatricality is a hallmark of early 20th-century Modernist drama, and ...

Voices of Syria's war set to haunt Tokyo stage

Oct 30, 2013

Voices of Syria's war set to haunt Tokyo stage

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 ...

Kyoto Experiment 2013: 'Do as you like'

Oct 16, 2013

Kyoto Experiment 2013: 'Do as you like'

Language, memory and identity politics are at the core of the fourth edition of Kyoto Experiment, the annual feast of progressive and experimental theater now being served up by organizers the Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival. Along with artists from Japan, the event, running ...