Takarazuka's musical gives the Bard new life

Jan 26, 2016

Takarazuka's musical gives the Bard new life

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Marking four centuries since the death of William Shakespeare in 1616, the 101-year-old all-female Takarazuka Revue company is currently staging a new musical titled “Shakespeare: The Sky Filled With Eternal Words” at its Takarazuka Grand Theater in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, ahead of a Tokyo ...

'Crazy Camel' helps butoh over the hump

Jan 23, 2016

'Crazy Camel' helps butoh over the hump

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‘Many people have a preconception about butoh — that it is performed by dancers whose bodies are painted white. So when we debuted our current program, ‘Crazy Camel,’ in France, and we came on stage covered in gold-colored powder, the fans and experts there ...

Kabuki heads for glitzy Las Vegas

Jan 19, 2016

Kabuki heads for glitzy Las Vegas

Japan’s elaborate all-male kabuki theater is heading to glitzy Las Vegas for a series of paid shows, organizers said Monday, in a bid to spread the classical Japanese art form to a global audience. Japanese film and theater company Shochiku said it would present ...

'Boys over Flowers' blooms on stage

Jan 7, 2016

'Boys over Flowers' blooms on stage

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‘One Piece,” a new, modern entertainment-focused “Super Kabuki” play based on an eponymous manga series by Eiichiro Oda, closed last month after a hit Tokyo run that showed beyond doubt that manga-based productions are not the preserve of movies and television — where they ...

'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 ...