In Yokohama, they'll be dancing in the streets

Stage 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

Stage 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 ...

Force and fragility meet and merge in 'Dunas'

Stage Mar 20, 2018

Force and fragility meet and merge in 'Dunas'

by Nobuko Tanaka

There are mutual squeals of delight when Belgian dance artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Spanish flamenco dancer Maria Pages are reunited after "far too long" at a Tokyo rehearsal studio. Pages, 54, has flown in from Madrid to promote the pair's 2009 work "Dunas" ("Dunes"), ...

Dairakudakan's 'unearthly' butoh meets a tortured Russian tale

Stage Mar 15, 2018

Dairakudakan's 'unearthly' butoh meets a tortured Russian tale

by Nobuko Tanaka

Following a January press conference in which the New National Theatre, Tokyo, announced that Dairakudakan, one of the world's leading butoh companies, would be staging two performances of "Tsumi to Batsu" ("Crime and Punishment") in March, troupe founder Akaji Maro delivered a triumphant statement. "Having ...