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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 ...

Woman's-eye 'Merchant' duo reflects favorably on Shylock role

Jan 15, 2014

Woman's-eye 'Merchant' duo reflects favorably on Shylock role

Since it was founded in 1990 by Shakespeare scholar, actor and director Kaoru Edo, Tokyo Shakespeare Company has been producing the Bard’s plays translated by Edo in an adaptation series titled “Shakespeare on the other side of the mirror.” Now, at the 100-odd-capacity Geki ...

Show marks award of kabuki star's new name

Dec 18, 2013

Show marks award of kabuki star's new name

Names matter, and in the realm of Japanese culture almost nowhere more than in kabuki, one of whose top names, Ennosuke IV, has just become artistic director of the Shunju-za theater in Kyoto. To mark this event, an exhibition titled “Ennosuke e no Kiseki” ...

Takarazuka dances to a different tune

Nov 27, 2013

Takarazuka dances to a different tune

What happens when Takarazuka, Japan’s longest-running all-female theater troupe, takes on Masayuki Suo’s hit movie “Shall We Dance?,” which won 14 Japanese Academy Awards in 1996 and aired internationally in 16 countries? There must have been tremendous pressure for director Naoko Koyanagi to adapt ...

'Absence' makes Mroué's ghostly work even stronger

Nov 6, 2013

'Absence' makes Mroué's ghostly work even stronger

Rabih Mroué is an internationally renowned Lebanese actor, director and playwright whose work often probes into representations of the real in an age of digital narratives — particularly in the context of conflict and revolution in the Middle East. His work is marked by ...