'Pippin' revival takes classic musical to new heights

Sep 10, 2015

'Pippin' revival takes classic musical to new heights

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The current revival of the musical “Pippin” playing at Theatre Orb in Shibuya’s Hikarie building is, quite literally, breathtaking. A show within a show, “Pippin” smashes the fourth wall with a performing troupe of circus acrobats and dancers led by a Leading Player who ...

'Soma' project dances over divides

Aug 25, 2015

'Soma' project dances over divides

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If you took a handful of aspiring Japanese contemporary dancers and blended them with a few members of Tanztheater Wuppertal — the world-famous German troupe formed in 1973 by the modern dance icon Pina Bausch (1940-2009) — what kinds of artistic chemistry would you ...

The Royal Opera returns with a double bill to thrill

Aug 25, 2015

The Royal Opera returns with a double bill to thrill

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Lovers of classical music can diffuse summer’s heat with some ghostly relief, as The Royal Opera makes its first visit to Japan since 2010 — this time with the spectral pairing of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” The two productions ...

New 'Troilus and Cressida' looks like it's making history

Jul 21, 2015

New 'Troilus and Cressida' looks like it's making history

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Renowned as a problem play due to its tangled ambiguities and a storyline that cries out for a catharsis, “Troilus and Cressida” is among the most rarely staged of William Shakespeare’s 37 plays. In Japan, other than Yukio Ninagawa’s all-male 2012 production, whose spectacular ...

Performing arts poised to bloom at ETAT 2015

Jul 21, 2015

Performing arts poised to bloom at ETAT 2015

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The sixth Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is set to start July 26 in Tokamachi City and Tsunan Town in Niigata Prefecture, north-central Honshu. Though this mountainous region is known for picturesque wintry snowscapes and lush green summer rice fields, it is beset with the socio-economic ...

New head of Takarazuka troupe looks to the future

Jul 7, 2015

New head of Takarazuka troupe looks to the future

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The new head of the Takarazuka Revue Company says he aims to lay the foundations for the musical theater troupe to continue to flourish long into the future, after the all-female company celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. President Tomotsugu Ogawa, the 58-year-old former ...