Could Japan have its own Cirque du Soleil?

Aug 8, 2018

Could Japan have its own Cirque du Soleil?

by Nobuko Tanaka

When the circus comes to town in most parts of the world these days, you won't see elephants, tigers or clowns with big red noses. Since Canada's animal-less Cirque du Soleil took to the road in 1984 with its character-driven shows and nonstop live music, ...

In Yokohama, they'll be dancing in the streets

Aug 1, 2018

In Yokohama, they'll be dancing in the streets

by Kris Kosaka

Summer is a time for dancing. Across the country there are countless local matsuri (festivals) in which a regionally specific odori (dance) is the main attraction and, of course, there are the many outdoor music festivals that allow people to let loose and move. The ...

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, ...