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 ...

'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 ...