Marty Gross and 'The Lovers' Exile'

Film | Wide Angle Mar 22, 2017

Marty Gross and 'The Lovers' Exile'

by Mark Schilling

At various times and places in his four-decade career, Canadian native Marty Gross has been a potter, art teacher, film director and a producer, with most of his personal and professional roads leading back to Japan. On March 24, Gross will present an English-subtitled screening ...

Bunraku legend gets set for his grand finale

Stage May 7, 2014

Bunraku legend gets set for his grand finale

by Rei Sasaguchi

On the occasion of his retirement after three decades as a bunraku narrator, the designated living national treasure Takemoto Sumitayu VII will present part of a program of traditional puppetry (ningyō jōruri) being staged by the National Theatre in Tokyo from May 10-26. Born Kin'ichi ...

Maestro steers bunraku classic to its happy end

Stage Dec 25, 2013

Maestro steers bunraku classic to its happy end

by Rei Sasaguchi

For its last bunraku offering of the year, the National Theatre in Tokyo's central Hanzomon district staged two plays to great acclaim between Dec. 4-16: "Otonomiya Asahi no Yoroi" and "Koimusume Mukashi Hachijo." Of these, the former is a classic example of the predominant style ...

Bunraku storyteller speaks out

Stage Dec 4, 2013

Bunraku storyteller speaks out

by Ayako Takahashi

During the early part of the Edo Period, when Japan was ruled by Tokugawa shoguns from 1603-1867, Osaka — the main city in the Kansai region of western Honshu — thrived as the country's cultural and economic center. It was during those heady days ...

Tears shed for puppets in the City of Love

Stage Oct 23, 2013

Tears shed for puppets in the City of Love

by Bronwyn Mahoney

Japanese photographer/artist Hiroshi Sugimoto is inescapable in Paris just now, with posters all over the Metro for his "Accelerated Buddha" exhibition at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent and "Sugimoto Bunraku: Sonezaki Shinju" ("The Love Suicides at Sonezaki") at the Théâtre de la Ville ...