NNTT's 'Don Carlo' adds politics to love

Dec 3, 2014

NNTT's 'Don Carlo' adds politics to love

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Although still only 41, the conductor Pietro Rizzo has already performed close to 50 different opera titles around the world, and he’s now back in Japan with Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlo” — his third production for the New National Theatre, Tokyo. According to this ...

For 'Once,' Broadway spurns glitz

Dec 3, 2014

For 'Once,' Broadway spurns glitz

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Written and directed by John Carney, the award-winning 2006 musical film “Once” — a simple, bittersweet love story set in his hometown of Dublin and featuring wonderful music by co-stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova — was perfect on its own. Wouldn’t a Broadway ...

Sarajevo's fine MESS shines light from yet more darkness

Nov 26, 2014

Sarajevo's fine MESS shines light from yet more darkness

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This year is the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, and among commemorations worldwide, in Sarajevo, in present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina, there have been numerous events marking the June 28, 1914 assassination there of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife ...

French idol reflects on her Japanese droid son

Nov 26, 2014

French idol reflects on her Japanese droid son

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As a playwright, stage director, Osaka University professor, manager of the Komaba Agora Theater in Tokyo and leader of the city’s Seinendan theater company he formed in 1983, Oriza Hirata — whose “contemporary colloquial theater” set the scene for much of Japan’s new drama ...

Emoto's 'Shrew' questions to provoke

Nov 19, 2014

Emoto's 'Shrew' questions to provoke

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“If I were a man doing the same work, no one would make any special mention of my gender, but I find I’m always being referred to by the media as ‘the female director, Junko Emoto.’ I don’t want to say that’s right or ...

Asia enriches the Bard's work-in-progress

Nov 19, 2014

Asia enriches the Bard's work-in-progress

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Whatever would William Shakespeare make of it all if he were to journey now through Asia, where the interpretations of his works differ so much across vast regions, ethnic groups, cultures and languages? Since the 1990s, in the field of Shakespeare studies non-Anglophone productions ...

Inside the kingdom of Kodo

Nov 12, 2014

Inside the kingdom of Kodo

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As world leaders in the performing art of Japanese drumming, Kodo state on their website that their mission is: “To explore the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko (aka wadaiko), and to forge new directions for this vibrant living art form.” ...

Hope 'glitters like a firefly' in sisterly drama

Nov 12, 2014

Hope 'glitters like a firefly' in sisterly drama

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Yu Shibuya, a rising writer/director for both the big screen and theater, believes in the redemptive power of narrative: “We don’t really have to be reminded that humans are weak, or that we have the ability to commit violence,” he told The Japan Times ...

Debutante ups the drama to refresh 'Sleeping Beauty'

Nov 5, 2014

Debutante ups the drama to refresh 'Sleeping Beauty'

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As Noriko Ohara, the newly appointed artistic director of the National Ballet of Japan put it during a recent interview with The Japan Times: ” ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ should be a spectacle — it should be gorgeous and dramatic.” Our conversation, animated with Ohara’s ...

Spain's ballet powers in

Nov 5, 2014

Spain's ballet powers in

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After many years at the Paris Opera Ballet, Jose Carlos Martinez left that fabled company in 2011 when he reached its age limit of 42 for an etoile (principal dancer) — and took up the post of artistic director at the Spanish National Dance ...