Festival/Tokyo speaks with a defiant voice

Oct 6, 2016

Festival/Tokyo speaks with a defiant voice

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Press conferences are usually upbeat affairs, but at the one held to herald Festival/Tokyo — a two-month theater festival that kicks off Oct. 15 — Artistic Director Sachio Ichimura appears looking worried and begins proceedings by bemoaning the event's financial situation and wondering aloud ...

Munby's 'Crucible' speaks to societies built on fear

Sep 27, 2016

Munby's 'Crucible' speaks to societies built on fear

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"When the opportunity came to work at Theatre Cocoon in Tokyo, I was so excited about the great dramatist Yukio Ninagawa being the artistic director there," the English director Jonathan Munby declared. Of course that was before Ninagawa died, age 80, in May this year. ...

Noh's drum pair keep it in the family

Sep 27, 2016

Noh's drum pair keep it in the family

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Japan's musical dance-theater form known as noh was honed to its sublime simplicity in the 14th century by a father and son named Kan'ami and Zeami, and since then it has changed very little. Performed on a roofed stage with open sides and posts at ...

Ishinha set for stunning final show

Sep 27, 2016

Ishinha set for stunning final show

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Performing on deserted beaches and in villages, temples, dockland warehouses and urban railyards, few theater companies can have traversed the range of landscapes and settings that have inspired Osaka-based Ishinha. Yet though journeys real and imagined have been key themes in Ishinha's recent works, with ...

Flamenco fusion set to fire up Tokyo

Aug 23, 2016

Flamenco fusion set to fire up Tokyo

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Surrender to the heat of September as the Antonio Gades Company brings its sultry blend of ballet and flamenco to Tokyo, showcasing three of its classic works in two separate programs at Bunkamura's magnificent Orchard Hall. Japan has long been a hotspot for ballet and ...

Robot-themed stage show draws diverse crowd in Kyoto

Aug 19, 2016

Robot-themed stage show draws diverse crowd in Kyoto

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A robot-themed theater production in Kyoto has attracted packed houses since opening in 2012. "Gear," a 75-minute nonspeaking performance that combines music, projected images and human movement, tells the story of humanoid "Roboroids" who continue to make dolls at the assembly line of an abandoned ...