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New Ishinha performance taps timeless 'Twilight' zone

Aug 25, 2015

New Ishinha performance taps timeless 'Twilight' zone

Tokyo may be Japan’s performing-arts hub, but a growing number of artists are swapping the strictures of its cultural marketplace for the creative and lifestyle benefits of life outside the capital. For the Osaka-based Ishinha theater company, however, there’s nothing new about that. In ...

Performing arts poised to bloom at ETAT 2015

Jul 21, 2015

Performing arts poised to bloom at ETAT 2015

The sixth Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is set to start July 26 in Tokamachi City and Tsunan Town in Niigata Prefecture, north-central Honshu. Though this mountainous region is known for picturesque wintry snowscapes and lush green summer rice fields, it is beset with the socio-economic ...

Orpheus descends on Japan

Apr 28, 2015

Orpheus descends on Japan

Of all U.S. playwright Tennessee Williams’s many major works — including “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Glass Menagerie” — “Orpheus Descending,” which opens in Tokyo next week with a star-studded Japanese cast and multi-award-winning English director Phillip Breen at the helm, is among ...

Takarazuka double-bill special marks the end of a Star star's era

Feb 25, 2015

Takarazuka double-bill special marks the end of a Star star's era

The 101-year-old all-female Takarazuka Revue company is currently staging a double bill of “Like a Black Panther” and “Dear Diamond!!” at its Takarazuka Grand Theater in the city of Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, prior to a long Tokyo run from late March that will see ...

'Flies' festers at core of family life

Jan 7, 2015

'Flies' festers at core of family life

Central to William Golding’s dystopian novel “Lord of the Flies” is the notion of violence as a social construct. “Maybe there is a beast … maybe it’s only us,” says the protective Simon before a hostile assembly of other schoolboys marooned on the uninhabited ...

Uyama's new 'Lear' acts his age

Jan 7, 2015

Uyama's new 'Lear' acts his age

“You see me here, you gods, a poor old man, As full of grief as age; wretched in both!” (“King Lear,” Act 2, Scene 4) ‘King Lear” is often seen as a rite of passage for actors, one of the ultimate roles to conquer ...

Japan's artists aim to foster intra-Asia links

Jan 1, 2015

Japan's artists aim to foster intra-Asia links

The subject of Japan’s position in the world of Asian performing arts has been widely addressed over the past decade, and the new leadership of last year’s Festival/Tokyo — its largest annual performing-arts event — vowed to step up efforts to develop collaborations and ...

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 ...