Noda's 'Egg' scrambles understanding

Mar 25, 2015

Noda's 'Egg' scrambles understanding

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After his acclaimed French debut last year with “The Bee,” news of Hideki Noda’s return to the Theatre National de Chaillot in central Paris with his pop-war-and-Olympian extravaganza “Egg” created quite a buzz of anticipation. Premiered in 2012 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre where ...

The Crimson Thread of Abandon: Stories

Oct 4, 2014

The Crimson Thread of Abandon: Stories

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It’s a wonder “The Crimson Thread of Abandon” was never translated into English before. Shuji Terayama (1935-83) was a provocative artist and outlaw author, and his 20 stories fall nothing short of this reputation. Each borrows and mocks the conventions of a classic fairy ...

Shuji Terayama's underground public stage

Sep 4, 2013

Shuji Terayama's underground public stage

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Thirty years on from the death of Shuji Terayama, Japanese theater’s most avant-garde provocateur continues his renaissance with a show of his films, photography and, most importantly, theater works at the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, which follows on from the recent showing of ...

'Shuji Terayama: Knock'

Jul 3, 2013

'Shuji Terayama: Knock'

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Commemorating 30 years since the passing of avant-garde writer and artist Shuji Terayama, this exhibition brings together artifacts from his 30-hour street play, “Knock.” In 1975, Terayama and his theater troupe used Tokyo’s Asagaya neighborhood in Suginami Ward as the stage for this work, ...

Tadanori Yokoo: An artist by design

| Aug 7, 2011

Tadanori Yokoo: An artist by design

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In conversation, Tadanori Yokoo jumps nimbly between the past and the present. One moment he’s watching the sky glow red as bombs rain down on Kobe during World War II. The next he’s riding in a taxi with Yukio Mishima. And then he’s back ...