Seigo Hatasawa is no ordinary school teacher

Nov 24, 2011

Seigo Hatasawa is no ordinary school teacher

Japan’s performing arts world is massively centered on Tokyo, yet one of its leading lights is based in Aomori City in the country’s deeply unchic far north — and he’s a school teacher. Each morning during term time, Seigo Hatasawa, a 47-year-old playwright, director ...

Nov 11, 2011

Reworked play goes bilingual

Following critical acclaim for their first international collaboration program, “Wannabe,” Tokyo’s Kakikuukyaku Theater Company will present its second collaborative effort, “Kensatsukan (“The Government Inspector”) at Komaba Agora Theater from this weekend. For “Wannabe,” playwright and director Norihito Nakayashiki (also Kakikuuyaku’s founder) set the piece ...

Gamarjobat: Pantomime artists who have plenty to say

Oct 6, 2011

Gamarjobat: Pantomime artists who have plenty to say

Tough-looking with their cockscomb mohawks — the red one topping Ketch!; the yellow one, HIRO-PON — the “silent-comedy” duo Gamarjobat (“Hello” in Georgian) are now well into a 31-stop tour that’s filling theaters around the country with whoops and rollicking laughter — as well ...

Francois Girard and a woman of many letters

Sep 15, 2011

Francois Girard and a woman of many letters

“This wonderful project started when my friend, the Lebanese writer Wajdi Mouawad, gave me a book and said I should make a movie out it,” Francois Girard explains. “But after I read it I got back to him and said, ‘Sorry, I disagree with ...

Festival/Tokyo rewrites its script after quake

| Sep 9, 2011

Festival/Tokyo rewrites its script after quake

Chiaki Soma, the program director at Festival/Tokyo (F/T), needed to figure out how to proceed with the country’s biggest theater festival following the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11. She closed her office for 10 days and asked the staff to carefully consider ...

Sachiko Hara makes her mark in Germany

| Sep 1, 2011

Sachiko Hara makes her mark in Germany

Tokyo-born Sachiko Hara, 46, was the apple of her ordinary, working-parents’ eye. She was encouraged to get a degree in German studies from the prestigious Sophia University, and after that it seemed some sort of high-flying career was hers for the taking. But during ...

Aug 12, 2011

Tokyo theater to promote talent at fest

Komaba Agora Theater will stage a monthlong theater festival this summer, as they have done twice a year since 1989, aimed at exposing young, regional theater companies to a wider audience. From this year, however, the festival is being relaunched as an annual event ...

The future of Japanese theater lies in individuality

| Jul 14, 2011

The future of Japanese theater lies in individuality

In April 2010, Junnosuke Tada became Japan’s youngest-ever artistic director of a public theater when, at age 33, he was appointed by the Kirari Fujimi Theater in Fujimi, Saitama Prefecture. Such meteoric progress (in Japanese terms) was an emphatic vindication of Tada’s decision to ...

Cava hope to help theater buffs feel fine

Jul 8, 2011

Cava hope to help theater buffs feel fine

Tokyo-based mime-theater company Cava is probably better known in Scotland than at home, but that could be about to change. Cava (pronounced “saba” in Japanese, an approximate rendering of the French greeting “ca va“) was voted “Pick of the Fringe” by the media at ...

Black Stripe gets weighty with new play

Jun 24, 2011

Black Stripe gets weighty with new play

Black Stripe Theater (BST) is the creation of three expatriates residing in Tokyo: Ian Martin, Walter Roberts and Chris Parham. They founded the company in 2007 after meeting through the 115-year-old foreigners’ theater company, Tokyo International Players. In starting BST, they had three main ...