Nobuko Tanaka

Nobuko Tanaka is a stage writer who has regularly contributed contemporary theater and dance articles to The Japan Times since 2001. She also writes for several Japanese and overseas magazines and web sites. As a promoter, she takes Japanese artists to foreign theater festivals.

For Nobuko Tanaka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aichi Triennale: Our freedoms are not dead just yet

Stage | CULTURE NOTES Aug 22, 2019

Aichi Triennale: Our freedoms are not dead just yet

The sudden Aug. 3 closure of "After 'Freedom of Expression?'" — a multiartist exhibit at the Aichi Triennale 2019 — clearly highlighted the ongoing struggles some people have with that very issue of freedoms in Japan. Ironically, too, that exhibit comprised contributions that, according to ...

Mastering the art of multilingual performance

Stage Jul 9, 2019

Mastering the art of multilingual performance

Tokyo's cozy 60-odd-seat Komaba Agora Theater isn't perhaps where you would expect a cutting-edge multilingual drama experiment to be staged, but that's just where Oriza Hirata has chosen to work his latest magic. There, on a set made to look like a laboratory in the ...

Building bridges to Bangkok through stage

Stage Jun 20, 2019

Building bridges to Bangkok through stage

Never at risk of being run of the mill, Chelfitsch — which took its name from a baby's pronunciation of the English word "selfish" and usually stylizes itself with a lowercase "c" — is one of Japan's foremost contemporary theater companies, despite only rarely ...

It's Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' but not as you know it

Stage Apr 30, 2019

It's Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' but not as you know it

With praise for his "Hamlet" with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2016 still ringing in his ears — and the plum job of artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C. awaiting him in August — Simon Godwin is an undoubted darling ...

Absurdist comedy 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour' gets its Japan debut

Stage Apr 16, 2019

Absurdist comedy 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour' gets its Japan debut

Tom Stoppard is one of the most influential figures in theater today and one of the most internationally performed postwar dramatists. Both his 1966 Tony-winning absurdist tragicomedy "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," featuring minor characters from Shakespeare's "Hamlet," and his time- and space-spanning masterpiece "Arcadia," ...

Transforming the traditional world of kabuki with Kinoshita-Kabuki

Stage Mar 12, 2019

Transforming the traditional world of kabuki with Kinoshita-Kabuki

For many people, the mention of kabuki brings to mind images of exaggerated makeup on actors' white-painted faces, beautiful kimono costumes and colorful sets with dramatic backdrops. Then there are the distinctive standardized movements; classic poses (mie) expressing certain emotions; the precisely choreographed fights and ...

Creating opportunities for 'inclusive dance' with Stopgap Dance Company

Stage Mar 6, 2019

Creating opportunities for 'inclusive dance' with Stopgap Dance Company

"I believe people with almost any kind of physique can do contemporary dance. Yet though there are many courses for able-bodied people, there is almost nothing for people with disabilities," says Sho Shibata, executive producer of U.K.-based Stopgap Dance Company. Stopgap's debut Japan tour with ...

'Kinkakuji': Staging a Japanese classic with a German twist

Stage Feb 12, 2019

'Kinkakuji': Staging a Japanese classic with a German twist

A new opera based on the quintessentially Japanese novel "Kinkakuji" is set to open in Tokyo following a premiere held not in Kyoto, where the famed golden pavilion of its title is to be found, but at the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, ...