Dancing for joy in Japan

Jun 6, 2010

Dancing for joy in Japan

As I sipped my vin rouge last week during an interval in “The Sleeping Beauty,” K-Ballet’s latest Tokyo production, a woman at the next table said to her companion: “I can’t believe that evil fairy was a man! I just naturally thought it was ...

Shizuoka festival takes the stage

Jun 4, 2010

Shizuoka festival takes the stage

The annual Spring Arts Festival Shizuoka is keenly anticipated by theater lovers across Japan thanks to its high quality of program selection. At the start of this year’s 11th festival, 51-year-old Satoshi Miyagi, artistic director at festival organizers Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC), declared ...

May 28, 2010

'Gas' event asks big questions

Playwright Jason Maghanoy burst to prominence in the Canadian theater world in 2007 with his maiden offering, “Gas,” about the Iraq War, which questioned the meaning of democracy and freedom in the instant-reaction, life-and-death conditions of live-fire conflict. In its review, The Toronto Star ...

May 21, 2010

Your chance to star with two stage legends

Two titans of Japanese theater, contemporary dramatist Hideki Noda (who has also triumphed three times directing kabuki plays at its Kabukiza mecca) and star kabuki actor Kanzaburo Nakamura, will team up on stage at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space in Ikebukuro from Sept. 5-28 to ...

'Obsession' eyes values through the lens of dance

May 21, 2010

'Obsession' eyes values through the lens of dance

Saburo Teshigawara’s first-ever duet dance program, titled “Obsession” — with his regular ensemble partner Rihoko Sato — is now being staged at Theatre Cocoon in Shibuya after an ecstatically received May 2009 premiere at the Art Rock Festival in St. Brieuc in Brittany, France. ...

Directing the flow of theatrical creativity

May 21, 2010

Directing the flow of theatrical creativity

Any time you go to a theater in Japan you are sure to be handed several colorful flyers for other shows — and among them you will almost certainly find the face of Tetsuya Chiba. At 46, and the father of three boys, Chiba ...

Here comes 'Othello': 'the best play ever'

May 14, 2010

Here comes 'Othello': 'the best play ever'

“The tragedy ‘Othello’ was written by Shakespeare at the height of his powers [around 1602], its poetry is finer than ‘Hamlet,’ its psychology deeper than ‘Macbeth,’ its love story more compelling than ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ its heartbreaking tragedy more moving than ‘King Lear.’ ‘Othello’ ...

Showing the drama of Japan's office politics

May 7, 2010

Showing the drama of Japan's office politics

Yokohama-based Chelfitsch theater company is currently staging a short Tokyo season prior to a European tour with its highly acclaimed “Hotpepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech,” which premiered at the Hebbel am Ufer Theatre (HAU) in Berlin last October. In 2004, Chelfitsch’s avant-garde ...

May 7, 2010

Understanding the bank crisis via the stage

“If you want to understand the banking crisis, you should go to the theater” — this isn’t a blurb for an economics book, it’s from a review for “The Power of Yes,” the latest work by English playwright David Hare. The play, which focuses ...