Drum Tao aims for blockbuster grandeur in its latest production

by Nobuko Tanaka

Based in mountainous Oita Prefecture in northeastern Kyushu, the privately owned and run Drum Tao company has barely paused from pounding away at the international entertainment market since it launched its overseas ambitions with a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004. Since then, the troupe of wadaiko (traditional Japanese ...

The mind games of choreographer Philippe Decoufle

Jun 27, 2018

The mind games of choreographer Philippe Decoufle

by Kris Kosaka

Choreographer Philippe Decoufle describes his new circus-inspired show, "Nouvelles Pieces Courtes" ("New Short Pieces"), as a "sort of visual and physical mind game." That's not surprising as the 56-year-old Frenchman has fused dance with dizzying aerial choreography, sly acrobatics and the clever use of video ...

K-Ballet brings 'Cleopatra' back for another dance

Jun 6, 2018

K-Ballet brings 'Cleopatra' back for another dance

by Nobuko Tanaka

Tetsuya Kumakawa speaks about his most recent project, "Cleopatra," in a way that's as grand as the Egyptian queen herself. "Nobody except me could have created this fantastic work," he tells The Japan Times. "I hope it remains a ballet classic for hundreds of years, ...

'Ballyturk' delivers a surreal yet exciting challenge

Apr 11, 2018

'Ballyturk' delivers a surreal yet exciting challenge

by Nobuko Tanaka

When Akira Shirai first read the script for "Ballyturk," he quickly understood why its creator, Irish playwright Enda Walsh, said the work "should bypass the intellect and go straight into your bones." The 60-year-old artistic director at Kanagawa Arts Theatre in Yokohama was mulling over ...