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Street-dance show's dazzling 'tribute to manga' hits the spot

Nov 5, 2014

Street-dance show's dazzling 'tribute to manga' hits the spot

Street-dance types in Japan can often be seen working on their moves in parks or in front of big plate-glass windows, but in Britain the dance movement is being taken to an entirely new level. There, the popular long-running TV show “Britain’s Got Talent” ...

Siro-A's show blurs realities

Oct 22, 2014

Siro-A's show blurs realities

I can still remember the first time I saw Siro-A. The six-strong team of acrobatic techno-wizards marched out on stage at London’s quaint Leicester Square Theatre in an assault of thumping beats, dazzling lights and laser beams. Kitted out in white PVC jumpsuits and ...

Katsura Sunshine's a star at <em>rakugo</em> in English

Oct 15, 2014

Katsura Sunshine's a star at rakugo in English

“It was the first time I’d performed to an audience where there wasn’t a single person from Japan, and I don’t think anyone had even been there — yet their reaction was electric,” Katsura Sunshine said with a beaming smile as he talked about ...

Hyper Japan hails digital-age 'Genji' opera

Aug 6, 2014

Hyper Japan hails digital-age 'Genji' opera

Modern technology and age-old tradition combined last week for the premiere run of an ambitious Japanese opera with a difference — one with no live singers, musicians or actors. That’s because the stars of “Vocaloid Opera Aoi with Bunraku Puppets” at Hyper Japan in ...