William Andrews

For William Andrews's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Butoh': the dance of death and disease

May 28, 2016

'Butoh': the dance of death and disease

The first dance in Japan may well have been a mythological striptease. In one of the most famous episodes from Japanese folklore, the goddess Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto entices Amaterasu Omikami, the sun deity, to come out of hiding by ripping off her clothes and dancing. The ...

'Infinite moments' brought to stage

Sep 18, 2009

'Infinite moments' brought to stage

Seminaked men, shaven-headed, their bodies covered in white makeup, move with intent slowness on the stage: Anyone who has ever seen Ankoku Butoh — Japan’s most famous dance export — will recognize this description. But, as good as the likes of internationally acclaimed dance ...

Japan gets a taste of bracing 'in-yer-face theater'

Jul 24, 2009

Japan gets a taste of bracing 'in-yer-face theater'

The auditorium at Setagaya Public Theatre in Tokyo’s Sangengaya district was filled with the mostly female fans of actor Masaaki Uchino, patiently waiting for the play “Blackbird” by David Harrower to begin. The taunt and provocative drama that subsequently unfolded no doubt caught some ...