Nobuko Tanaka

Nobuko Tanaka is a stage writer who has regularly contributed contemporary theater and dance articles to The Japan Times since 2001. She also writes for several Japanese and overseas magazines and web sites. As a promoter, she takes Japanese artists to foreign theater festivals.

For Nobuko Tanaka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Noda's 'Half Gods' powers up in all-Korean revival

Oct 8, 2014

Noda's 'Half Gods' powers up in all-Korean revival

In July 2009, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre’s strategic relaunch with an artistic director in place of the suits who formerly oversaw its bookings was somewhat muted. That was because the sets for productions of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Merchant of Venice” by England’s ...

Kafka's worm takes a high-tech turn

Oct 1, 2014

Kafka's worm takes a high-tech turn

“I work a lot in France, where manga and anime are enormously popular, although many theater producers think they are basically for children and are often too violent. However, they regard my robot theater as being an essentially Japanese art form,” the pioneering dramatist ...

As festival's renown goes global, director hails its local role

Sep 24, 2014

As festival's renown goes global, director hails its local role

Since its launch in 2010, Kyoto Experiment has steadily come to rival, if not even surpass, Festival/Tokyo as the nation’s leading annual showcase for cutting-edge performances. Year on year, its vigor and cultural vibrancy have attracted growing audiences of both new and longstanding theatergoers ...

Nagatsuka probes into Pinter's 'Betrayal'

Sep 10, 2014

Nagatsuka probes into Pinter's 'Betrayal'

“During the 2010 Tokyo run of my play ‘Anti-clockwise Wonderland,’ I held a reading workshop of ‘Betrayal.’ That set me thinking I’d like to act one of the men in the love-triangle drama. So now at last I find myself doing that — and ...

'Hamlet' marks take #18 in Shakespeare for Children series

Sep 3, 2014

'Hamlet' marks take #18 in Shakespeare for Children series

“When I acted a nursemaid in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in the first program of this Shakespeare for Children series, I was surprised that no children made fun of a man in that role — they naturally accepted that theater is fundamentally fiction and just ...

SGT's oldies take dance in stride

Aug 27, 2014

SGT's oldies take dance in stride

In 2006, when the world-renowned director Yukio Ninagawa announced open auditions for Saitama Gold Theatre — a project he launched with the slogan, “If you are over 55, let’s create theater together and go on a foreign tour” — there were cynics eager to ...

'Babel' dance speaks volumes

Aug 20, 2014

'Babel' dance speaks volumes

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet have lots in common. Both are 38 and grew up in Belgium with a foreign parent — one from Morocco in Cherkaoui’s case and one from France in Jalet’s. Both are also globetrotting choreographers and dancers who share ...

Emoto brothers' 'Godot' looks set to startle

Jul 30, 2014

Emoto brothers' 'Godot' looks set to startle

“First off, we probably used to think we were too young to do ‘Waiting for Godot,’ because it’s sometimes uncomfortable talking like gnarled old men,” 27-year-old Tasuku Emoto said during a recent Japan Times interview with him and his younger brother Tokio, 24, who ...

'Cuckoo's Nest' still flies in the face of oppression

Jul 23, 2014

'Cuckoo's Nest' still flies in the face of oppression

Among the astonishing outburst of new American cinema in the 1970s, Milos Forman’s multi-Oscar-winning “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” offered most Japanese moviegoers their first encounter with the peculiarly piercing eyes of Jack Nicholson, who played its central character, Randle P. McMurphy. Now, ...