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 ...

Ishinha set for stunning final show

Stage Sep 27, 2016

Ishinha set for stunning final show

Performing on deserted beaches and in villages, temples, dockland warehouses and urban railyards, few theater companies can have traversed the range of landscapes and settings that have inspired Osaka-based Ishinha. Yet though journeys real and imagined have been key themes in Ishinha's recent works, with ...

Young dramatists mark the Bard's anniversary in style

Stage Apr 26, 2016

Young dramatists mark the Bard's anniversary in style

Hot on the heels of Hideki Noda's radical adaptation of "Richard III" being staged by Singaporean director Ong Ken Seng at Shizuoka Performing Arts Center from April 29 to May 1, another intriguing transformation of Shakespeare's Machiavellian king will follow at Theatre Fuusikaden in ...

Kyoto Experiment goes from strength to strength

Stage Feb 23, 2016

Kyoto Experiment goes from strength to strength

“It may be wrong to mix different wines, but old and new wisdom make an excellent mixture." So claims The Singer in Bertolt Brecht's 1944 play, "The Caucasian Chalk Circle." If so, there are few places where tradition and the avant-garde collide with more potent ...

Takarazuka's musical gives the Bard new life

Stage Jan 26, 2016

Takarazuka's musical gives the Bard new life

Marking four centuries since the death of William Shakespeare in 1616, the 101-year-old all-female Takarazuka Revue company is currently staging a new musical titled "Shakespeare: The Sky Filled With Eternal Words" at its Takarazuka Grand Theater in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, ahead of a Tokyo ...

'New' Kyoto theater promises a mighty arts boost

Stage Dec 22, 2015

'New' Kyoto theater promises a mighty arts boost

More than half a century since it opened in 1960 as one of Japan's first multipurpose cultural centers, and almost exactly four years after its doors last closed, the Kyoto Kaikan will be reborn transformed on Jan. 10 as the ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Sited against ...

Asia Series casts F/T's net wide

Stage Oct 27, 2015

Asia Series casts F/T's net wide

Aiming to foster regional theater links through research, fieldwork and creative exchange, Festival/Tokyo last year launched its new Asia Series, focused then on South Korea. This year it's the turn of Myanmar, with three artists from the evolving scene there being introduced to F/T ...

New Ishinha performance taps timeless 'Twilight' zone

Stage Aug 25, 2015

New Ishinha performance taps timeless 'Twilight' zone

Tokyo may be Japan's performing-arts hub, but a growing number of artists are swapping the strictures of its cultural marketplace for the creative and lifestyle benefits of life outside the capital. For the Osaka-based Ishinha theater company, however, there's nothing new about that. In fact, ...

Performing arts poised to bloom at ETAT 2015

Stage Jul 21, 2015

Performing arts poised to bloom at ETAT 2015

The sixth Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is set to start July 26 in Tokamachi City and Tsunan Town in Niigata Prefecture, north-central Honshu. Though this mountainous region is known for picturesque wintry snowscapes and lush green summer rice fields, it is beset with the socio-economic effects ...

Orpheus descends on Japan

Stage Apr 28, 2015

Orpheus descends on Japan

Of all U.S. playwright Tennessee Williams's many major works — including "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "The Glass Menagerie" — "Orpheus Descending," which opens in Tokyo next week with a star-studded Japanese cast and multi-award-winning English director Phillip Breen at the helm, is among ...