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

Japan recast as a <em>konbini</em> state

Dec 17, 2014

Japan recast as a konbini state

Following its May world premiere in Mannheim, Germany, and a summer spent gathering great reviews from its European tour, “Super Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich” finally debuted in Japan last week at the Kanagawa Arts Theatre in Yokohama. This latest work by cutting-edge playwright-director ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...