Spain's ballet powers in

Nov 5, 2014

Spain's ballet powers in

by Ayako Takahashi

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 ...

High drama at Festival/Tokyo

Oct 29, 2014

High drama at Festival/Tokyo

by Nobuko Tanaka

News in March that 38-year-old Chiaki Soma had suddenly been removed from the post of program director of Festival/Tokyo, which she had held since it started in 2009, set many theater lovers worrying about the future of the flagship drama event whose stature at ...

Siro-A's show blurs realities

Oct 22, 2014

Siro-A's show blurs realities

by Tom Smith

I can still remember the first time I saw Siro-A. The six-strong team of acrobatic techno-wizards marched out on stage at London’s quaint Leicester Square Theatre in an assault of thumping beats, dazzling lights and laser beams. Kitted out in white PVC jumpsuits and ...

'Forget Me Not' leaves an abiding impression

Oct 22, 2014

'Forget Me Not' leaves an abiding impression

by Lindsay Nelson

Compagnie Philippe Genty’s “Forget Me Not” (“Ne m’oublie pas”) takes human beings and transforms them into puppets. And it takes puppets and makes them seem human. Occasionally, it combines puppets and humans until it’s hard to tell where one begins and the other ends. ...

Classic early mystery lays bare elusive Lepage style

Oct 15, 2014

Classic early mystery lays bare elusive Lepage style

by Mana Katsura

As an actor and world-class theater, film and opera director, Robert Lepage has become renowned for his unconventional productions using high-tech devices. Now, though, Tokyo audiences can feast their eyes and minds on this 56-year-old French-Canadian’s early masterpiece, 1987′s “Le Polygraphe (Polygraph),” a play ...

Katsura Sunshine's a star at <em>rakugo</em> in English

Oct 15, 2014

Katsura Sunshine's a star at rakugo in English

by Tom Smith

“It was the first time I’d performed to an audience where there wasn’t a single person from Japan, and I don’t think anyone had even been there — yet their reaction was electric,” Katsura Sunshine said with a beaming smile as he talked about ...

Noda's 'Half Gods' powers up in all-Korean revival

Oct 8, 2014

Noda's 'Half Gods' powers up in all-Korean revival

by Nobuko Tanaka

In July 2009, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre’s strategic relaunch with an artistic director in place of the suits who formerly oversaw its bookings was somewhat muted. That was because the sets for productions of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Merchant of Venice” by England’s ...