Andrew Eglinton

Andrew Eglinton, a theater writer and researcher, contributes regularly to The Japan Times. He is a lecturer in performance studies at Konan Women's University.

For Andrew Eglinton's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Diving into the world of political performance at Aichi Triennale

Stage Jul 30, 2019

Diving into the world of political performance at Aichi Triennale

The political function of art is a perennial question in the field of aesthetics. In classical Athens, Plato argued that art as a form of imitation was limited in its ability to communicate knowledge about political life. In contrast, Aristotle saw this mimetic gap ...

The experiment continues on Kyoto's stages

Stage Oct 4, 2018

The experiment continues on Kyoto's stages

The #MeToo movement has been gaining momentum in Japan over the past year, though its impact on public life hasn't been anywhere near as strong as in other countries. Still, the efforts of journalists such as Shiori Ito and BuzzFeed's Keiko Kojima have helped ...

Cultural disorientation is dancer Yumi Umiumare's artistic drive

People | WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN? Oct 21, 2017

Cultural disorientation is dancer Yumi Umiumare's artistic drive

At a certain level, the act of resettling overseas unsettles the idea of home itself. It ruptures the narrative of belonging that we construct through attachments to people and places. For the immigrant, home is no longer an immutable fact, but a space between memory and desire — always elsewhere. This sense of estrangement is perhaps most strongly felt when returning "home" after a long period of leave. As Czech novelist Milan Kundera once put it, going back reveals "the substantial strangeness of the world and of existence." ...

The ambiguous world of today's ventriloquists

Stage Apr 27, 2017

The ambiguous world of today's ventriloquists

Franco-Austrian choreographer and director Gisele Vienne is fascinated by puppets and brings a group of nine ventriloquists and their marionettes to the stage in her latest piece, "The Ventriloquists Convention." The play is part of the World Theatre Festival Shizuoka run by Shizuoka Performing ...

T-C-T and TPAM set to offer a hot winter's feast of the arts

Stage Jan 24, 2017

T-C-T and TPAM set to offer a hot winter's feast of the arts

A bonanza is brewing in Tokyo and Yokohama for lovers of cross-cultural contemporary theater. That's because, from Jan. 25 to Feb. 5, the capital's Minato Ward hosts a new performance and workshop program named Theater Commons Tokyo. Meanwhile Yokohama's Naka Ward welcomes the seventh ...

Kyoto Experiment festival revels in breaking barriers

Stage Oct 25, 2016

Kyoto Experiment festival revels in breaking barriers

"Good fences make good neighbors" is an often-quoted line from Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall" about two farmers united in their effort to rebuild a wall that divides their land. Less well known is the poem's central query: "Why do good fences make good ...