Elizabeth Ingrams

For Elizabeth Ingrams's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

The man in the photo

Nov 10, 2005

The man in the photo

“Over 4,000 pictures!” the press officer shouts with enthusiasm over the phone the day after the opening of the most comprehensive exhibition of 65-year-old Nobuyoshi Araki’s photographs to date. “Self.Life.Death” is currently showing at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, and spans Araki’s entire ...

DEPRESSION

Jul 10, 2005

DEPRESSION

‘Istarted to get to work late — sometimes at 11, then at 12 and then at 2; and then I had to quit my job.” For a year and a half, Ryu Terayama (not his real name) has been suffering from clinical depression — ...

| Jun 26, 2005

Learning to fly

He had been looking for someone to commit suicide with for a long time. Now that he had found the right person, Ken had traveled half the way around the world in order to carry out his plan. He was nevertheless surprised to find ...

Breathing the life into the dance

Jun 22, 2005

Breathing the life into the dance

“I had a hard time finding the title,” Pina Bausch tells me during an interview about her most recent work, “Nefes.” The Turkish for “Breath” is the title of the latest in a series of works which the choreographer, who will turn 65 in ...

Taking the art out into the garden

Jun 8, 2005

Taking the art out into the garden

From actresses imprisoned in vitrines and sharks suspended in formaldehyde to plaster houses that deteriorate with the rain and artificial shorelines made of pebbles and plastic — contemporary British artists seem, after 10 years, to be taking art out of the glass case and ...

Front-line fighter for a better world

| May 1, 2005

Front-line fighter for a better world

Sadako Ogata, formerly United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, is one of Japan’s most prominent international figures. Born in Tokyo in 1927, she grew up in Japan, China and the United States, receiving her PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. ...

Rhapsody to the bohemian lifestyle

Sep 29, 2004

Rhapsody to the bohemian lifestyle

More than a century has passed since the first performance Puccini’s “La Boheme” in 1896, yet it remains one of the most widely performed operas in the world. That may be because the opera, a dramatization of the French writer, Henry Murger’s 1849 novel ...

Sep 15, 2004

Inside out and round and round the Yamanote

Johnnie Walker’s A.R.T. gallery (Art Residency Tokyo), which opened last October, extends his philanthropic mission to promote cultural exchange between foreign and Japanese artists. Offering a window into Tokyo for many young hopefuls as well as a meeting point for the more established, the ...

Aug 18, 2004

Shakespeare speaks for modern times

A struggle for control at the heart of a state followed by the assassination of the leader; division between rival noblemen and their factions; the resulting civil war; the death of a nobleman’s wife by suicide; and lastly the ritual suicide of all the ...

Moving heaven and earth

Jul 7, 2004

Moving heaven and earth

Pina Bausch established her Tanztheater Wuppertal in the early ’70s. Working from a small town in Germany’s industrial heartland, her company has built up an extraordinary international reputation with more than 35 productions to its name. “Tenchi,” the 12th international co-production of the Tanztheater ...