Theater festival's roots dig deep into Shizuoka

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In recent years, theater fans and artists here and abroad have increasingly been wakening up to the fact that cherry blossoms aren’t the only spring bounty in Japan. That’s because, thanks to the annual World Theatre Festival Shizuoka under Mt. Fuji, the coastal city of Shizuoka midway between Tokyo and ...

The double delight of 'Grand Hotel'

Apr 26, 2016

The double delight of 'Grand Hotel'

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It started life in 1929 as “Menschen im Hotel” (“People in the Hotel”), the first novel by Austrian writer Vicki Baum, but its storyline — set in the Grand Hotel in Berlin in 1928 — first became widely known through 1932’s Oscar-winning film “Grand ...

Young dramatists mark the Bard's anniversary in style

Apr 26, 2016

Young dramatists mark the Bard's anniversary in style

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Hot on the heels of Hideki Noda’s radical adaptation of “Richard III” being staged by Singaporean director Ong Ken Seng at Shizuoka Performing Arts Center from April 29 to May 1, another intriguing transformation of Shakespeare’s Machiavellian king will follow at Theatre Fuusikaden in ...

Dance icon sets a challenge

Mar 22, 2016

Dance icon sets a challenge

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Running with the bulls during the annual San Fermin fiesta in the Spanish city of Pamplona, or joining a traditional Ainu festival on Lake Akan in Hokkaido, may seem unusual ways for a choreographer to research — but not if the artist in question ...

Zainichi dramas delve into Japan's shadows

Feb 23, 2016

Zainichi dramas delve into Japan's shadows

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“At last, the masterpiece ‘Yakiniku Dragon’ (‘Korean Barbecue Dragon’) is going to be staged again!” The “!” that leaps up at the end of this sentence in a recent press release from the New National Theatre Tokyo surely reflects a widespread excitement on hearing ...