Rethinking noh for the opera crowd

| Mar 1, 2018

Rethinking noh for the opera crowd

by Chiho Iuchi

Artists have long mined older works to create new forms of expression, just look at the continuing relevance of Shakespeare's stories. Among the oldest surviving performing arts of Japan, noh has been a source of inspiration for many in Japan. Combining narrative chanting, slow movements ...

Dance forms mix in pair of shows

| Oct 12, 2017

Dance forms mix in pair of shows

by Kris Kosaka

Like many art forms in our rapidly shrinking world, dance is constantly experimenting with variants of the cross-cultural, extending and blending boundaries into innovative re-imaginings of genre. Choreographers such as Akram Khan, an English dancer of Bangladeshi descent, have found great success by combining ...

Giving Cio-Cio San a better ending

| Aug 3, 2017

Giving Cio-Cio San a better ending

by Chiho Iuchi

Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" tells the story of a young Japanese girl named Cio-Cio San ("chō-chō" is the Japanese word for "butterfly") marrying and getting dumped by an American naval officer named Pinkerton. First performed in Italy in 1904, the opera is one ...