TACT promises a globe-trotting Golden Week glow for all ages

Apr 30, 2014

TACT promises a globe-trotting Golden Week glow for all ages

“Baaa, baaa, ba-aaa” — many Tokyoites sheepishly making their way from JR Ikebukuro Station to their workplaces or the shops stopped in their tracks when they heard a strange bleating coming from the open-plan plaza basement of Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre by West Gate Park ...

Arts Council Tokyo sets its sights high

Apr 16, 2014

Arts Council Tokyo sets its sights high

“For decades, many people involved in the arts — including producers, creators, administrators and academics — were pointing to the need for an overall arts-policy body in Tokyo, and finally Arts Council Tokyo came into being in November 2012,” its program director, Yuko Ishiwata, ...

Morticia's odd clan spell laughs with a local bent

Apr 9, 2014

Morticia's odd clan spell laughs with a local bent

If the Kennedys could be said to be American royalty, then the famed Addams family would surely be satirical pretenders to their antithesis. Gothic, seemingly immortal and nothing if not weird, this wacky clan with a taste for the creatively macabre first appeared in ...

Obsessions bared over a dead dog in the night

Apr 2, 2014

Obsessions bared over a dead dog in the night

“It’s f-cking amazing! I don’t know what else to say. I’m really happy and really moved and I’m so humble about that.” One of the most influential, magnetic — and busy — English playwrights at work today, 43-year-old Simon Stephens opened his round eyes ...

Tohoku school's plays tell how it is

Mar 19, 2014

Tohoku school's plays tell how it is

“We always start creating our next work by having a meeting with everyone involved in the drama club,” high school teacher Michiko Ishii explained. “We discuss what is actually happening around us and what we should focus on in the next play. So, what ...

ABT brings 'magical moments' to Japan

Feb 19, 2014

ABT brings 'magical moments' to Japan

Last August, with summer sweltering the city, I met Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews, two soloists from the New York-based American Ballet Theatre, one of the word’s top-four classical companies along with the Royal Ballet in London, Paris Opera Ballet and the Bolshoi in ...

Young K-Ballet School dancers get set for the big time

Feb 19, 2014

Young K-Ballet School dancers get set for the big time

The splendid news about two Japanese high school students’ outstanding achievement swept around the world this month. Not only did 17-year-old Haruo Niyama from Nagano Prefecture win first prize at the super-prestigious annual Prix de Lausanne competition for young amateur classical ballet dancers, but ...

Double-take for a new one-woman 'Tinkerbell'

Feb 12, 2014

Double-take for a new one-woman 'Tinkerbell'

Life is hard for Marcello Magni. Not only is he directing a production separately starring famed actress Tomoko Mariya and upcoming talent Kae Okumura, but the work, in Japanese, is also his brand-new version of an early play by his great friend — and ...