Bronwyn Mahoney

For Bronwyn Mahoney's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'The Bee' stings Paris audience

May 21, 2014

'The Bee' stings Paris audience

With its title “The Bee,” this work co-written in 2006 by leading dramatist Hideki Noda and Irish playwright Colin Teevan immediately brought to mind Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” and the ghastly, unbidden and unexplained changes to which the protgonist of that seminal novella is subjected. ...

Noh meets opera in a blend of high cultures

Mar 5, 2014

Noh meets opera in a blend of high cultures

Bringing together the codified and traditional worlds of Japanese noh theater and European opera seems impossible. Such ostensibly different histories, sounds and visuals: How could it work? It’s a challenge that Vienna-based Japanese opera director Shugo Ikoh has been playing around with for some ...

Miura's sex 'Whirlpool' wows a bashful Paris

Dec 18, 2013

Miura's sex 'Whirlpool' wows a bashful Paris

Looking around before “Ai no Uzu” began, there was an almost palpable anticipation ahead of our plunge into the realm of young Japanese people’s sex lives. What to talk about while waiting for the orgy to begin? The excitement was less to do with ...

Tears shed for puppets in the City of Love

Oct 23, 2013

Tears shed for puppets in the City of Love

Japanese photographer/artist Hiroshi Sugimoto is inescapable in Paris just now, with posters all over the Metro for his “Accelerated Buddha” exhibition at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent and “Sugimoto Bunraku: Sonezaki Shinju” (“The Love Suicides at Sonezaki”) at the Théâtre de la Ville ...

Japan's Gutai artists celebrated like never before

Jun 9, 2013

Japan's Gutai artists celebrated like never before

“Do what no one has done before,” was the rallying cry that Jiro Yoshihara, founder of the postwar Japanese art group the Gutai Art Association, demanded of his fellow members. A work by one of the group’s important painters, Kazuo Shiraga, fulfilled the edict ...