Ebizo rethinks kabuki's strategy

Oct 3, 2013

Ebizo rethinks kabuki's strategy

by Tomoko Otake

In the glitzy and gossipy world of Japanese celebrity, hardly a week goes by without revelations being made about — or made by — Ichikawa Ebizo XI. For years, the charismatic young star of the kabuki world has never long been out of the ...

Take baby steps into theater

Aug 1, 2013

Take baby steps into theater

by Magdalena Osumi

Before it learns how to speak, a baby responds to sounds by cooing, gurgling and changing his or her facial expression. Then it begins to babble and, eventually, the first “mama” or “dada” pops out to parental delight. Words, therefore, are not necessary for ...

Elderly Saitama theater troupe takes on world

May 14, 2013

Elderly Saitama theater troupe takes on world

A theater company of elderly actors led by renowned stage director Yukio Ninagawa has been busy rehearsing for a tour of Japan and Paris that kicks off on Thursday. Consisting of 41 members aged between 62 and 87, Saitama Gold Theater was formed in ...

New Kabukiza theater, tower completed in Tokyo

Feb 27, 2013

New Kabukiza theater, tower completed in Tokyo

A ceremony was held Tuesday to celebrate the completion of the new Kabukiza theater and an adjacent office building called Kabukiza Tower in the Higashiginza district of central Tokyo. Those present at the event on the top floor of the 29-story Kabukiza Tower included ...

Redefining conventions of the play

Feb 21, 2013

Redefining conventions of the play

by Nobuko Tanaka

Without doubt, Takahiro Fujita is the most prominent newcomer in the world of Japanese contemporary theater. To a considerable extent that’s because the 27-year-old playwright/director has an unusual trademark style — to create works that often have the same lyrical phrases and series of ...