'New' Kyoto theater promises a mighty arts boost

Dec 22, 2015

'New' Kyoto theater promises a mighty arts boost

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More than half a century since it opened in 1960 as one of Japan’s first multipurpose cultural centers, and almost exactly four years after its doors last closed, the Kyoto Kaikan will be reborn transformed on Jan. 10 as the ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Sited ...

Guillem bids adieu to her life of dance

Nov 24, 2015

Guillem bids adieu to her life of dance

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Superstar dancer Sylvie Guillem has come full circle. As the ballerina extraordinaire explained before the upcoming grand finale of her 35-year career, “The first time I took a plane to dance in front of an audience outside France was when I was in the ...

Japan-Korea dramas shine

Oct 27, 2015

Japan-Korea dramas shine

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Festival/Tokyo, which bills itself as “Japan’s leading performing-arts event,” is notable this year for its international collaborations — especially between Japanese and Korean dramatists, whose works comprise three of the 12 main programs in its Oct. 31-Dec. 6 span. But as its subtitle of ...

Youth lost on isles of rage and doubts

Oct 27, 2015

Youth lost on isles of rage and doubts

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‘The person I hate most is my mother. Because she gave birth to me, I have to walk toward old age and death,” Barcelona-born Angelica Liddell declared during a recent trip to Japan, her dress soft, smooth and elegant in stark contrast to her ...

Asia Series casts F/T's net wide

Oct 27, 2015

Asia Series casts F/T's net wide

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Aiming to foster regional theater links through research, fieldwork and creative exchange, Festival/Tokyo last year launched its new Asia Series, focused then on South Korea. This year it’s the turn of Myanmar, with three artists from the evolving scene there being introduced to F/T ...

Kawasaki gets ready to do the 'Time Warp' again

Oct 15, 2015

Kawasaki gets ready to do the 'Time Warp' again

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Moviegoers in Japan are generally expected to take a vow of silence at the cinema — unless the film happens to be “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The musical comedy about white-bread newlyweds who stumble upon a creepy castle full of kinky humanoid aliens ...