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 ...

To be or not to be ... so it seems

Mar 21, 2017

To be or not to be ... so it seems

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John Caird is widely known as the co-director with fellow Englishman Trevor Nunn of “Les Miserables,” which opened in the West End 1985 and is still playing there in the longest-ever London run for a musical.However, Caird’s illustrious career as a writer and director ...

CITA 'usher' points to need for a Japan theater shakeup

Feb 22, 2017

CITA 'usher' points to need for a Japan theater shakeup

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You won’t be alone if you’ve never heard of the Tokyo-based International Centre for Theatre Arts, because few have seen any plays it has staged and anyway its focus is firmly on building a reputation outside Japan.Founded in 2012 by New Zealand-born James Sutherland, ...

Bausch's legacy blossoms as emotions unfold on stage

Feb 22, 2017

Bausch's legacy blossoms as emotions unfold on stage

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When the curtain opens on a stage blanketed in silk flowers, a beginner might think “Nelken” (“Carnations”) by Pina Bausch was about to offer some sweetly whimsical vision of poetry in three dimensions. That, however, would be to ignore dark underlying themes of power ...

Eddie Izzard proves an irresistible force on tour

Feb 19, 2017

Eddie Izzard proves an irresistible force on tour

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To many fans of comedy, the first thing that comes to mind when you mention Eddie Izzard is his cross-dressing. However, if you dig deeper you will find one of Britain’s most intelligent comedians.Born to British parents in the colony of Aden (now Yemen) ...

Kimura's crazed 'Macbeth' for today

Jan 24, 2017

Kimura's crazed 'Macbeth' for today

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“When I was studying English literature at the University of Tokyo, even though I had no theater experience at all, I got the chance to direct ‘Macbeth,’ ” 33-year-old Ryunosuke Kimura explained when we met recently at a rehearsal studio in downtown Tokyo.“To start ...

Celtic noh draws on two cultures' essence

Jan 24, 2017

Celtic noh draws on two cultures' essence

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Noh is a uniquely Japanese form of musical drama that dates back to at least the 14th century. However, it took 600 years before this performing art surfaced in Western culture — notably with Irish poet William Butler Yeats’ noh-inspired 1917 play “At the ...