'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 to influence the onstage action. As ...

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, ...

'Tell Me' lays bare one woman's quest

May 24, 2016

'Tell Me' lays bare one woman's quest

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The first thing Yojiro Ichikawa said when we sat down for our recent interview in a Tokyo rehearsal studio was, “Shall I speak in English?” For the director of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Tell Me on a Sunday,” which has its Japan premiere ...