Double-take for a new one-woman 'Tinkerbell'

Feb 12, 2014

Double-take for a new one-woman 'Tinkerbell'

by Nobuko Tanaka

Life is hard for Marcello Magni. Not only is he directing a production separately starring famed actress Tomoko Mariya and upcoming talent Kae Okumura, but the work, in Japanese, is also his brand-new version of an early play by his great friend — and ...

Kushida's 'Flapper' comes roaring back

Feb 12, 2014

Kushida's 'Flapper' comes roaring back

by Natsume Date

“Young people these days won’t be too familiar with the term the Roaring Twenties, but the 1920s still hold interest as a period. It was a time of changing values, not only in the United States, but in Europe: Dadaism, Cubism, Expressionism and other ...

Feb 12, 2014

Dance, Kobe — dance!

by Andrew Eglinton and Mika Eglinton

Whatever springs to mind when you think of Kobe, it’s unlikely to be dance. Yet, from the fourth floor of a nondescript building in the port city’s multiethnic district of Shin-Nagata there shines forth a veritable beacon called Dance Box. Founded in Osaka in ...

Tokyo Ballet turns 50 in romantic style

Feb 5, 2014

Tokyo Ballet turns 50 in romantic style

by Kris Kosaka

This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Tokyo Ballet, and the company plans to celebrate every step of the way. To launch a full year’s commemoration of its ethos — creative exchanges in dance on a national and global stage — the company’s ...

Behold 'surprised bodies' in Kyoto

Feb 5, 2014

Behold 'surprised bodies' in Kyoto

by Mika Eglinton

Kyoto is going global in the world of dance this month, as the city’s Monochrome Circus teams up with the Norwegian company Wee on “The Surprised Body Project.” Begun in 2005 as a workshop in Oslo led by Italian dancer, choreographer and cofounder of ...

Yokohama's annual feast of TPAM

Feb 5, 2014

Yokohama's annual feast of TPAM

by Andrew Eglinton and Mika Eglinton

As befits its designation as a “Cultural City of East Asia 2014,” Yokohama is about to host Japan’s foremost annual platform for contemporary performing arts. Launched in 1995 as the Tokyo Performing Arts Market, the weeklong event moved to its present home in 2011, ...

What's the worth of words?

Jan 29, 2014

What's the worth of words?

by Mika Eglinton

By popular demand, Shizuoka Performing Arts Center is set to stage a revival of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” its sell-out 2011 production adapted by contemporary theater paragon Hideki Noda and directed by its own artistic diector, Satoshi Miyagi. Back in April 2011, counter to ...

Olé! A 'Carmen' supreme

Jan 29, 2014

Olé! A 'Carmen' supreme

by Ayako Takahashi

The heroine of French composer Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” is one of the most famous roles in opera, but it’s also one of the most difficult of all to carry off well. An artist playing the ill-fated gypsy seductress in this 1875 masterpiece must be ...

Twice as nice: 'The Full Monty' and Peeping Tom

Jan 29, 2014

Twice as nice: 'The Full Monty' and Peeping Tom

by Nobuko Tanaka

“I love the original ‘Full Monty’ movie, and I think Robert Carlyle is brilliant as the central character — a loser who overcomes the odds against him. In fact it’s his portrayal that inspired me to tackle the role as my live-acting debut — ...

Workshops for theater — and life

Jan 22, 2014

Workshops for theater — and life

by Nobuko Tanaka

“When I worked in an office, I was always nervous and I tensed up a lot just trying to behave correctly. But since coming to these workshops, I often feel like communicating with others spontaneously, of my own free will.” Speaking after an arduous, ...

The Onodera enigma

Jan 22, 2014

The Onodera enigma

by Natsume Date

The name of the late great Pina Bausch’s acclaimed Tanztheater in the German city of Wuppertal may translate as “Dancetheater,” but its works often owe more to abstract emotional action and snatched dialogue than to dance. Over in London, meanwhile, Simon McBurney’s Complicite company ...