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

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 ...

Audiences set to star in Ago's language quest

Sep 17, 2014

Audiences set to star in Ago's language quest

Satoshi Ago has been in the news lately following his appointment as artistic director of the small but pioneering Kyoto theater, Atelier Gekken. Since long before that, however, the playwright, actor and director has been renowned for his thought-provoking “theater of mechanical reproduction.” Strongly ...

Japanese artists to the fore in 2014 Avignon Festival

Sep 10, 2014

Japanese artists to the fore in 2014 Avignon Festival

With its declared mission being to widen participation, this summer’s 68th Avignon Festival in the South of France boasted 37 productions from 17 countries, with 25 of the works by newcomers and half by artists under 35. As well, the work chosen to open ...

'Sleep' dances toward another world

Aug 13, 2014

'Sleep' dances toward another world

As a dancer, choreographer, philosopher and now professor in the Department of Scenography Design, Drama and Dance at Tama Art University in Setagaya, Tokyo, Saburo Teshigawara has been extending the range of his talents ever since he stopped studying visual arts and sculpture to ...

Kunio plays 'Hamlet' fast and loose

Jul 23, 2014

Kunio plays 'Hamlet' fast and loose

How do you imagine the Prince of Denmark? Perhaps as one of the famed portrayals by Laurence Olivier, Kenneth Branagh, Mel Gibson or Ethan Hawke — or simply as a weak-willed bore forever agonizing over “To be or not to be” and all that. ...

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 ...

'Oscar' special marks 100 years of Takarazuka

May 14, 2014

'Oscar' special marks 100 years of Takarazuka

As one in a series of special productions to mark its centennial, Takarazuka — Japan’s longest-standing theater company with all-female casts — is reviving “The Rose of Versailles — Oscar,” its 1972 hit adaptation of an acclaimed manga series by Riyoko Ikeda that, in ...

Rough transition raises issues over F/T's future

Apr 30, 2014

Rough transition raises issues over F/T's future

On Dec. 18, 2013, the Festival/Tokyo website announced that following the implementation of “a new administration system,” Program Director Chiaki Soma, 38, would resign from her position and be replaced at the end of March 2014 by Sachio Ichimura, 64, the then chairman of ...

Behold 'surprised bodies' in Kyoto

Feb 5, 2014

Behold 'surprised bodies' in Kyoto

Kyoto is going global in the world of dance this month, as the city’s Monochrome Circus teams up with the Norwegian company Wee on “The Surprised Body Project.” Begun in 2005 as a workshop in Oslo led by Italian dancer, choreographer and cofounder of ...

What's the worth of words?

Jan 29, 2014

What's the worth of words?

By popular demand, Shizuoka Performing Arts Center is set to stage a revival of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” its sell-out 2011 production adapted by contemporary theater paragon Hideki Noda and directed by its own artistic diector, Satoshi Miyagi. Back in April 2011, counter to ...