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THEATER

Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Jan 25, 2020
Hiroko Tanahashi: A journey from film studies to multimedia art
Inspired by manga featuring New York, Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Godfather' and the diversity of Western cities, Hiroko Tanahashi moved to the U.S. and Germany to pursue multimedia arts.
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COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Nov 30, 2019
Sachiko Hara: Acting on a dream to perform
Using acting techniques inspired by Japanese angura (underground) theater, Sachiko Hara impressed European directors and won her way into German theater.
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CULTURE / Stage
Nov 28, 2019
Capitalizing on the pull of experimental Japanese theater
The latest play by Shuntaro Matsubara, 'Memorial,' sees the playwright team up with a new director for the first time, after a string of successes working with Motoi Miura
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JAPAN / History / Regional Voices: Hiroshima
Sep 20, 2019
Artist shines a spotlight on all-female theater group in postwar Hiroshima Prefecture
During the post-World War II recovery period the city of Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, was home to an all-women's theater group.
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CULTURE / Stage
Sep 12, 2019
Bringing Japanese opera into the 21st century
Kazushi Ono, artistic director of opera at New National Theatre, Tokyo, is using his experience of working in Europe to help stage operas with a nod to the digital age in Japan
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CULTURE / Stage
Aug 13, 2019
The Theatre Olympics goes back to its roots for ninth iteration
Since the late 1970s, people from all over the world have traveled to the village of Toga in rural Toyama Prefecture to attend Tadashi Suzuki's renowned acting classes or to see the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) and other invited artists perform at the site's specially crafted indoor and outdoor theater...
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CULTURE / Stage
Jul 9, 2019
Mastering the art of multilingual performance
Tokyo's cozy 60-odd-seat Komaba Agora Theater isn't perhaps where you would expect a cutting-edge multilingual drama experiment to be staged, but that's just where Oriza Hirata has chosen to work his latest magic.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jun 5, 2019
Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot' is brought into the Reiwa Era
Why are thespians the world over so drawn to "Waiting for Godot," that for many older actors playing one of its leads is as much a matter of professional pride as playing Hamlet is for younger ones?
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Mar 12, 2019
Transforming the traditional world of kabuki with Kinoshita-Kabuki
For many people, the mention of kabuki brings to mind images of exaggerated makeup on actors' white-painted faces, beautiful kimono costumes and colorful sets with dramatic backdrops.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jan 22, 2019
The 'King' returns and theaters look to Russia for 2019
Whether it's regular theater that gets you going these days — or you're skipping along more to musicals — as 2019's curtains rise, variety will be the spice of live stages this coming year.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jan 8, 2019
'Crime and Punishment': The crime you'll be glad you were a witness to
In a scoop for Tokyo, Theatre Cocoon in Shibuya Ward is set to mark the new year with the world premiere of a new production of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" in an original production by English director Phillip Breen with a Japanese cast.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Dec 11, 2018
2018 was the year in Japan that saw the stage sing, while contemporary drama barely made a squeak
Musicals have flourished in 2018, with many young stars also helping to sell out straight plays in which they appeared. However, the contemporary drama scene in Japan has been unusually quiet this year in terms of new works and writers.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Sep 20, 2018
Golden oldies: A Saitama theater festival for elderly actors welcomes seniors from around the world
Renowned theater director Yukio Ninagawa broke new ground when he launched Saitama Gold Theater in 2006. Instead of seasoned actors, he filled his troupe with amateurs who were all older than 55.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Sep 16, 2018
To black up or not to black up for 'Othello,' that is the question
As a Tokyo theater offers another Othello in blackface, Baye McNeil argues that breaking out the shoe polish is the laziest yet most problematic option.
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CULTURE / Entertainment news
Aug 17, 2018
Fans gather in New York, Los Angeles to bid farewell to Aretha Franklin
Fans of Aretha Franklin came together at New York City's landmark Apollo Theater and on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday to pay their respects to the Queen of Soul, singing along to her hits and sharing memories of her remarkable career.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Aug 15, 2018
Dramatist Hideto Iwai connects with his audiences in ways he never could have imagined by being honest about his own life experiences
When he was 16, Hideto Iwai was perplexed as to why everyone around him unquestioningly jumped onto society's student-to-salaryman conveyor belt. So, he broke free, dropping out of high school and picking up casual jobs where he could find them.
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JAPAN
Aug 11, 2018
Kyogen actors Mansaku and Mansai Nomura perform in Beijing on 40th anniversary of Japan-China treaty
Stage actor Mansaku Nomura, a designated living national treasure, and his son, Mansai, gave performances of kyogen (traditional comic plays) in Beijing on Friday to mark the 40th anniversary Sunday of the conclusion of the Japan-China peace and friendship treaty.
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JAPAN / Society
Aug 3, 2018
A day in the life of Kurdish asylum-seekers in Tokyo
Tokyo offers an almost limitless variety of awe-inspiring tours but one recent addition guided visitors on a truly unique journey — into the settlements of Kurdish asylum-seekers.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jul 18, 2018
Keita Asari, founder of Japan's best known theater group, dies at 85
Keita Asari, who founded Shiki Theater and produced a number of its long-running musicals including "Cats" and "The Lion King," died Friday at a Tokyo hospital due to malignant lymphoma, the theater troupe said Wednesday. He was 85.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Jun 30, 2018
Playwright Aya Ogawa: Seeing theater as a stage for cultural identity
Director believes her multicultural upbringing helped open doors to the theatrical business.

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