Acrobatic bicyclists to make Shizuoka a stage

Apr 27, 2012

Acrobatic bicyclists to make Shizuoka a stage

If your Golden Week schedule isn’t full yet, how about visiting a picturesque tea-growing district set against the backdrop of Mount Fuji and enjoying street theater performed by Italian artists? You can take your pick from eight performance venues staging events from this weekend ...

Songha prepares for a Wilde John the Baptist

Apr 12, 2012

Songha prepares for a Wilde John the Baptist

A year ago, Songha Cho changed his professional name to plain and simple Songha — explaining that there is no appropriate kanji for Cho, though there is for Songha. That problem, the third-generation Korean-Japanese said, is just one of many complications faced in daily ...

A modern take on American theater classic

Mar 16, 2012

A modern take on American theater classic

SIS Company’s new production of “The Glass Menagerie” by the U.S. playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-83) looks like a marriage made in theatrical heaven between one of Williams’ masterpieces and an impressive cast. In the central role of this loosely autobiographical drama centered on a ...

Let the theater help you become as free as a bird

Mar 15, 2012

Let the theater help you become as free as a bird

One day, William Tuckett’s big sister decided that she wanted to take ballet classes. Soon after, Tuckett’s mother realized that if both her children went to the class, she could have two hours free to herself. He may have had no choice attending classes ...

'TeZukA' animates the stage

Feb 17, 2012

'TeZukA' animates the stage

Choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is nutty about anime and manga. Speaking to him at a cafe in his native Antwerp, Cherkaoui drops all the right names into his conversation and gets as giddy as an otaku (obsessive) discussing Japanese pop culture. However, this 35-year-old ...

Drawing up a performance without talk

Jan 20, 2012

Drawing up a performance without talk

Language can sometimes be an obstacle for non-Japanese wanting to enjoy arts performances in Japan. In South Korea, however, artists are getting around this problem with theater programs that don’t use verbal elements. One of these is the recent success, “Nanta,” which is a ...

Condors fly in the face of contemporary dance scene

Jan 20, 2012

Condors fly in the face of contemporary dance scene

The Japanese are often described as being inward-looking and stoic, with a sense of humor that often fails to connect with people from overseas. However, there are still rare birds among that bunch. Condors are an all-male, 12-member dance troupe that was formed and ...

Japan's dramatists take on the 'nuclear village'

| Dec 22, 2011

Japan's dramatists take on the 'nuclear village'

The place to start when reviewing this year’s highlights in contemporary Japanese theater, has to be The Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11. That day led to a nation in mourning, an ongoing nuclear crisis and an awakening among dramatists, who saw the ...

Cinderella tale gets K-popped

Dec 16, 2011

Cinderella tale gets K-popped

The curtain had hardly gone down at the world premiere of “Kun (Goong) — Love in a Palace” in Seoul in 2010 when the musical suddenly became the hottest ticket in South Korea’s entertainment scene. The Cinderella-style story has a love-triangle twist, involving a ...