Two contemporary triennials taking place in Japan this year are finding longevity by collaborating with local residents and embracing site-specific art.
Mika Eglinton is a performing arts researcher, critic and journalist. She is professor of English theater and cultural studies at Kobe University of Foreign Studies. She is also actively involved in the creation of theater as a translator, dramaturg and facilitator.
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The festival examines radically different ways of creating and experiencing theater in the context of the pandemic, while also challenging the very idea of what theater can be.
The experimental festival, held at various locations around Kyoto, explores the power of speech in the performing arts.
The international performing arts festival has three new program directors and a renewed focus on experimentation.
Inspired by manga featuring New York, Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" and the diversity of Western cities, Hiroko Tanahashi moved to the U.S. and Germany to pursue multimedia arts.
Using acting techniques inspired by Japanese angura (underground) theater, Sachiko Hara impressed European directors and won her way into German theater.
Months after it opened its doors, Theatre E9 Kyoto is pressing on with its plan to foster local talent and stage local theater productions in the city
For Kazuko Hohki — member of performance group Frank Chickens as well as theater director and writer, '80s London —squats and all — provided the right community to foster artistic liberation.
The 10th edition of Kyodo Experiment kicks off on Oct. 5, promising a range of overseas and domestic performers at a number of venues across the city
Since the late 1970s, people from all over the world have traveled to the village of Toga in rural Toyama Prefecture to attend Tadashi Suzuki's renowned acting classes or to see the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) and other invited artists perform at the ...