The riddle of rongorongo

Jan 23, 2005

The riddle of rongorongo

The earliest documented reference to rongorongo was made by a French missionary, Eugene Eyraud, who wrote in 1864 that he thought “the primitive script a custom which [the islanders] preserve without searching for the meaning.” The battered rongorongo tablets in the island’s only museum, ...

Jan 23, 2005

Island voices

The Mayor Pedro Pablo Edmunds Paoa, or “Petero” as he is known, has been mayor of Hanga Roa, Rapa Nui’s only settlement, for 12 years, and won re-election last November. He has an open-door policy at his office on Hanga Roa’s main street, and ...

Nov 10, 2004

Shakespeare's lovers seduce audiences

“The most wooden performances ever,” wrote one London critic of the latest Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) production. “Superb!” For its new staging of Shakespeare’s epic poem “Venus and Adonis,” which tells of the seduction of the handsome youth Adonis by Venus, the hot-blooded goddess ...

Artistic encounters of the oriental kind

Oct 27, 2004

Artistic encounters of the oriental kind

LONDON — Three figures sit round a clover-shape table: a bearded and slippered Chinese sage, a periwigged European, and a Japanese aristocrat whose kimono bears his ancient family crest. The sage, arms crossed, gazes impassively into space; the samurai is cuddled up close to ...

May 16, 2004

A guide by any other name

We don’t know when she was born, or when she died — was it April 9, 1812, at age 25, or perhaps Dec. 20, 1884, aged nearly 100? We don’t even know her real name, but the Shoshone woman who accompanied Lewis, Clark and ...

May 16, 2004

On the trail of manifest destiny

Two hundred years ago this week, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their Corps of Discovery set out to explore the American West. Sunday TIMEOUT asks what the expedition, its leaders and the Shoshone woman who was their guide still mean to us today “Meriwether ...

May 5, 2004

Live from Golgotha

The first piece of sacred spam hit my inbox during the runup to the opening of “The Passion of The Christ” in the United States. Forwarded by an earnest member of the Anglican-Episcopalian church I attend in central Tokyo, the e-mail asked recipients to ...

A colorful realm of the senses

May 5, 2004

A colorful realm of the senses

“I do not believe in imitation,” says Kazi Ghiyasuddin. “When I see something, my senses react. I want to portray that reaction through colors.” The 53-year-old artist is sitting in his kitchen in Tokyo’s Ota Ward, the room a riot of color. Paintings cover ...

A balancing act of inspiration

Apr 21, 2004

A balancing act of inspiration

“Othello” director Gregory Doran, 45, has been hailed by London critics as “the redeemer of the RSC.” He joined the company in 1987 as an actor, but soon turned to directing and often works in collaboration with his partner, Antony Sher. Last year he ...