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 ...

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 ...