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 ...

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 ...