Quebecoise shines as 'minyo' singer

| Sep 30, 2014

Quebecoise shines as 'minyo' singer

by Magdalena Osumi

Learning to play the three-stringed Japanese traditional instrument shamisen topped Canadian Maud Archambault’s list of things to do while in Japan. She arrived here in 2001 to explore one of her fields of study: Japanese culture. Fast forward to today, where she is recognized ...

Ballet's dance with the avant-garde

Aug 21, 2014

Ballet's dance with the avant-garde

by Mio Yamada

On May 29, 1913, the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris witnessed what has become a tale of artistic scandal re-told and exaggerated to almost mythic proportions. It is said that just seconds after the stage curtain was raised, the Ballet Russes’ performance of Igor ...

Dancing between cultures in Yokohama

Jul 2, 2014

Dancing between cultures in Yokohama

by Florian Turgeon

Contemporary dance has always pushed the boundaries of corporal expression by exploring themes that traditional dance genres and their movements have difficulty conveying. As one of the Month of France series of events organized by the Yokohama branch of the Institut Francais du Japon, ...

Dance pioneer puts homeless back on their feet

Jun 4, 2014

Dance pioneer puts homeless back on their feet

by Tomohiro Osaki

While walking on the streets of Tokyo 10 years ago, dancer and choreographer Yuki Aoki encountered a scene that remains indelibly etched into his memory. A crowd in Shinjuku cheered at a band of young street musicians amid a performance full of swagger and ...

Yang Liping speaks out

May 21, 2014

Yang Liping speaks out

by Natsume Date

“My dance is not something I learned from someone; my mentor is nature and I learn from watching nature,” is how the Chinese star Yang Liping explained the roots of her art in a recent interview for The Japan Times. Now aged 55, Yang ...

May 14, 2014

Lawmakers move to let dance clubs stay open all night

A group of Diet members is planning legislation to allow dance clubs to stay open all night, sources said. The nonpartisan group promoting dance culture wants to submit the bill to revise the entertainment business law late this month, the sources said Tuesday. Dance ...

Rio revelers put protests on hold for Carnival

Mar 2, 2014

Rio revelers put protests on hold for Carnival

Revelers in Rio joined a whirl of festivities Saturday as carnival fever took hold and the world’s biggest street party pushed lingering protests over corruption and the cost of hosting the World Cup firmly to one side. With the football extravaganza now just three ...

Vietnam deploys dancers to thwart anti-China protests

Feb 17, 2014

Vietnam deploys dancers to thwart anti-China protests

Anti-China protesters hoping to lay wreaths at a famous statue in the Vietnamese capital on Sunday were obstructed by an unusual sight of ballroom dancers and an energetic aerobics class held to a thumping sound system. The demonstrators suspect the government deployed the dancers ...