Dec 17, 2010

Butoh legend dances to a different beat

Though much younger than the late Kazuo Ohno and the late Tatsumi Hijikata, two legends of butoh, Akira Kasai was also a pioneer of the art form in the 1960s and ’70s. He was even dubbed the “Nijinsky of butoh.” Now, a performance in ...

Photos, films depict Tokyo in turbulent times

Sep 3, 2010

Photos, films depict Tokyo in turbulent times

The 10 years following the end of World War II in Tokyo are marked by two things — war-related devastation and the march toward reconstruction. The exhibition “Tokyo Fukko” (“Reconstruction of Tokyo”) at the Edo-Tokyo Museum captures this period of Tokyo’s history through color ...

Women feted through dance

Jul 9, 2010

Women feted through dance

In the Japanese dance scene, all-female performing companies are common. Mademoiselle Cinema, established in 1993, is one such group. The basic concept embraced by Naoko Ito, the group’s choreographer, is “Nostalgia oriented toward the future” and her approach is to create dance by visualizing ...

May 12, 2010

Historic ecumenical parley revived in Tokyo

From June 14 to 23, 1910, some 1,200 representatives of 176 Christian missionary societies and church mission boards gathered in Edinburgh, Scotland, to attend the World Missionary Conference. This conference spearheaded the modern ecumenical movement to promote cooperation and unity among different Christian groups ...

Concert fetes Bach's birth

Mar 19, 2010

Concert fetes Bach's birth

On March 20, one day before the 325th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birth, three choral groups and an instrumental group will present Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” in Hoya, Tokyo. They will be led by Taro Tanno and his mother, Yumiko, both of whom ...

Yazawa mixes classic piano with modern electronics

Feb 12, 2010

Yazawa mixes classic piano with modern electronics

When Tomoko Yazawa calls, composers listen. This champion of contemporary piano music is well-connected to composers around the world and often asks them to write new pieces for her. They often comply resulting in many works being performed at her concerts for the first ...

Choreographer Zaides serves up some solos

Oct 16, 2009

Choreographer Zaides serves up some solos

Arkadi Zaides, an independent choreographer and dancer, will present two solo dance pieces and a three-day workshop in Tokyo this month. Zaides was born in Belarus in 1979 and emigrated to Israel in 1990. He built his career in well-known dance groups such as ...

Sep 25, 2009

'Paulus' to mark Mendelssohn bicentennial

To mark the bicentennial of the birth of German composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847), two choral groups and two instrumental groups based in Tokyo will present “Paulus (St. Paul),” the first of the composer’s oratorios. “Paulus,” which Mendelssohn started composing in 1834 and finished ...

Jazz meets literature in concert

Jul 3, 2009

Jazz meets literature in concert

Three Japanese artists living in Berlin, together with a French musician, will stage two performances in Yokohama featuring music, dance and readings to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the city’s port. The three Japanese expats — leading jazz pianist Aki Takase, ...