Go Gaga over Israeli troupe Batsheva

Apr 9, 2010

Go Gaga over Israeli troupe Batsheva

On a map of the current contemporary dance world, Israel would be a key hub. The Mideast nation owes that status in large part to the Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company, which dominates the country’s dance scene and stages a whopping 200 performances a ...

Mar 26, 2010

Theater group does drama for scientists

Kicking off the 2010-11 season at the Komaba Agora Theater in Tokyo’s central Meguro Ward, a student troupe from the University of Hull in northeast England will present “Kagaku Suru Kokoro,” an early masterpiece by leading Japanese contemporary playwright Oriza Hirata, in its English-language ...

Dancer Rizzi brings unique story to Japan

Mar 12, 2010

Dancer Rizzi brings unique story to Japan

“Why go to a performance instead of renting a DVD and staying at home?” ponders 44-year-old dancer, choreographer, actor and visual artist Antony Rizzi on the Boston Cyberarts Festival Web site. Rizzi feels that this is an exciting time for dance to do battle ...

Renowned dramatist to bring Kafka to life

Mar 5, 2010

Renowned dramatist to bring Kafka to life

An international stage collaboration is on hand as renowned English dramatist Steven Berkoff directs a Japanese cast in his own adaptation of “The Metamorphosis,” a novella by Czech author Franz Kafka. “One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered ...

One of a kind

Feb 26, 2010

One of a kind

Theater programs the world over list the writer, director, cast members, designers, lighting specialists and such in their credits. Lately in Japan, though, a new role has begun to appear in among those credits — that of “dramaturge.” Check your dictionary, however, and it ...

Brushing with authority

| Feb 7, 2010

Brushing with authority

I will never forget the day I went to a show titled “Embracing Asia: Taeko Tomiyama Retrospective 1950-2009,” which was one of 370 art exhibits by creators from 40 countries comprising the fourth Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial staged over 50 days last autumn at locations ...

Theater star brings new tricks to the stage

Jan 22, 2010

Theater star brings new tricks to the stage

In the summer of 2008, a shockwave hit the world of Japanese theater when Keishi Nagatsuka announced he was taking a yearlong break from the stage to take a government-sponsored sabbatical in London. After launching into his stage career while still in high school, ...

Cuts fear clouds a year of diversity and innovation in Japan theater

Dec 25, 2009

Cuts fear clouds a year of diversity and innovation in Japan theater

Following the landmark change of government in August, meetings of its Budget Screening Committee have for the first time been opened to the public. Sadly, though, when that committee got round to arts financing in November, many members harshly criticized the amount awarded to ...

U.K. 'samurai' lands in Japan

| Dec 4, 2009

U.K. 'samurai' lands in Japan

When U.S. President Barack Obama bowed to the Emperor during his visit to Japan last month, the headline of The Japan Times read: “U.S. conservatives: Obama bowed too deeply to Emperor.” While some Americans accused the U.S. commander in chief of “groveling to a ...