Performances offer view into traditional culture

Jun 22, 2017

Performances offer view into traditional culture

Summer in Tokyo: Excessive heat, relentless humidity and languid evenings spring to mind. Rather than fight the elements, visitors and Tokyoites alike are recommended to go with the flow and embrace sweltering temperatures. With the rainy season upon us and sizzling summer days just ...

Finding the drama without words

May 30, 2017

Finding the drama without words

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"Not everything can be explained in words. Everyone draws a different nuance from the word 'love,' for example," says 50-year-old Shuji Onodera. "Yet through dance I've discovered a special beauty beyond words." Onodera, a leading mime artist and director, is talking about the language of ...

Defending a dying art, opera troupe tours rural China

May 2, 2017

Defending a dying art, opera troupe tours rural China

For the 50-year-old Chinese opera performer, every aspect of the dimly lit backstage room was a reminder that things had changed. The elaborate costumes carelessly thrown aside, the young troupe members playing with their smartphones, the half-eaten noodles abandoned in the corner — all were ...

The ambiguous world of today's ventriloquists

Apr 27, 2017

The ambiguous world of today's ventriloquists

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Franco-Austrian choreographer and director Gisele Vienne is fascinated by puppets and brings a group of nine ventriloquists and their marionettes to the stage in her latest piece, "The Ventriloquists Convention." The play is part of the World Theatre Festival Shizuoka run by Shizuoka Performing ...

All Shizuoka's a stage for SPAC's theater festival

Apr 27, 2017

All Shizuoka's a stage for SPAC's theater festival

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At a recent news conference, Satoshi Miyagi, the artistic director of Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC), gave notice of an imminent invasion — by girigirijin. He explained that these "trailblazers" were set to descend on the annual World Theatre Festival Shizuoka, armed with ideas and ...