Genders revel in Bausch's iconic 'Kontakthof'

Mar 19, 2014

Genders revel in Bausch's iconic 'Kontakthof'

by Kris Kosaka

To watch “Kontakthof,” Pina Bausch’s masterpiece of dance theater, is to be like a voyeur peering from behind a one-way mirror into the everyday battlefield of male-female interaction. The dancers, too, seem to treat the audience as a mirror, slicking back hair, adjusting bra ...

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 ...

Oct 24, 2010

Still a closed country?

At the end of September a first group of 18 refugees from Myanmar arrived in Japan as part of a commendable government initiative to take in roughly 90 such immigrants over the next three years. These members of the Karen ethnic group have been ...

Sep 15, 2009

Rescuing the unemployed

The Democratic Party of Japan-led administration, to be launched shortly, should do whatever it can to improve the employment situation, as both regular and irregular workers are suffering. Government efforts would help put the Japanese economy on a path to recovery. In July, Japan’s ...