Flamenco fusion set to fire up Tokyo

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Surrender to the heat of September as the Antonio Gades Company brings its sultry blend of ballet and flamenco to Tokyo, showcasing three of its classic works in two separate programs at Bunkamura’s magnificent Orchard Hall. Japan has long been a hotspot for ballet and also flamenco — Spain’s traditional ...

Robot-themed stage show draws diverse crowd in Kyoto

Aug 19, 2016

Robot-themed stage show draws diverse crowd in Kyoto

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A robot-themed theater production in Kyoto has attracted packed houses since opening in 2012. “Gear,” a 75-minute nonspeaking performance that combines music, projected images and human movement, tells the story of humanoid “Roboroids” who continue to make dolls at the assembly line of an ...

'Dragon Quest' show pulls its audiences into the action

Jul 26, 2016

'Dragon Quest' show pulls its audiences into the action

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For gamers and lovers of sheer theatrical spectacle alike, the summer’s hottest ticket seems sure to be for “Dragon Quest Live Spectacle Tour,” whose 40 shows nationwide are set to be attended by some 400,000 people — with everyone receiving a wristband enabling them ...

Butoh for kids has fun with 'birthday suit' tale

Jul 26, 2016

Butoh for kids has fun with 'birthday suit' tale

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“Gloomy,” “eerie,” “vulgar,” “avant-garde” and “conceptual” are adjectives often used to describe butoh, the genre of Japanese modern dance started in 1959 by Tatsumi Hishikata and Kazuo Ohno in which performers usually paint their near-naked bodies white. In contrast, Ikko Tamura — a core ...

New butoh venue aims for intimacy

Jul 7, 2016

New butoh venue aims for intimacy

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Butoh has found a permanent home in Kyoto. Appropriately, for a form of dance that originated in Japan but has flown under the radar here, that home is a tiny 154-year-old kura, or storehouse, hidden down an alley and squeezed between a medical college ...

Lepage's '887' addresses memories in magical ways

Jun 21, 2016

Lepage's '887' addresses memories in magical ways

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Almost a year after “887” premiered in Toronto in July 2015, and following five-star reviews at every stop on a multinational tour that took in the world’s biggest annual theater event, the Edinburgh International Festival, the latest play by Robert Lepage — the Canadian ...

'Joseph' cuts a cool dash

Jun 21, 2016

'Joseph' cuts a cool dash

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Embrace the summer heat with a rousing musical journey across the arid deserts of the Book of Genesis, as Theatre Orb in Tokyo presents a revival of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” the first publicly performed musical by those masters of the genre, ...