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THEATER

Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jan 28, 2015
Roppongi Kabuki cites sci-fi, punk
Known for its nightlife, its fleets of Ferraris and condos with sky-high prices, the affluent central Tokyo district of Roppongi will soon go where even that multinational neighborhood has never gone before — when the launch of a program named Roppongi Kabuki will see that ancient form of traditional...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Dec 24, 2014
2014: New horizons opened up in Japan's theater world
Looking back over the past 12 months in Japan's theater world, it's clear that one encouraging trend is a lessening of the capital's dominance.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 28, 2014
Kanze Nohgaku Theater moves back to Ginza
The Kanze Nohgaku Theater in Tokyo's Shibuya district plans to close in March and reopen in Ginza in November 2016, according to the head of the country's largest school of noh.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Nov 19, 2014
New 'Dick Whittington' pantomime spells fun for all the family
Now a language-school teacher in Tokyo, Gareth Hinchley worked for Britain's chief forestry agency before coming to Japan in 2005. Originally from Manchester, he'd done a bit of writing as a child but hadn't pursued it seriously before he wrote "Dick Whittington," the upcoming production by Tokyo Theatre...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Oct 29, 2014
High drama at Festival/Tokyo
News in March that 38-year-old Chiaki Soma had suddenly been removed from the post of program director of Festival/Tokyo, which she had held since it started in 2009, set many theater lovers worrying about the future of the flagship drama event whose stature at home and abroad had only grown with her...
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 22, 2014
DLE, Toho to use theater screens as testing ground for new characters
DLE and the movie theater unit of Toho, the creator of 'Godzilla,' announced plans Wednesday to use the slot between trailers and the feature as a content incubator starting next month, pitting new characters in a popularity contest and sharing the intellectual property rights.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Oct 1, 2014
Kafka's worm takes a high-tech turn
"I work a lot in France, where manga and anime are enormously popular, although many theater producers think they are basically for children and are often too violent. However, they regard my robot theater as being an essentially Japanese art form," the pioneering dramatist Oriza Hirata said recently...
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
Aug 9, 2014
Bryerly Long: 'I'm still learning to accept the unknown'
'Sometimes people take themselves too seriously and, in reality, we invent our own characters. Who we are changes with time.'
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Aug 6, 2014
Europe's rich tapestry unites two contrasting theater fests
As I often go to theater festivals in Europe, I was delighted to hear about the Schweizer Theatertreffen (Swiss Theater Encounter), a brand-new event being held in May. And since I'd already planned a trip that month to the Berlin Theater Festival, it was a no-brainer to check out this new Swiss kid...
CULTURE / Stage
May 2, 2014
Designer Hanae Mori on stage again with costumes for opera 'Yuzuru'
Hanae Mori, a revered Japanese fashion designer with a career on world catwalks since the 1960s, showed her unflagging creativity when she designed costumes for a recent revival of the Japanese opera "Yuzuru."
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Dec 26, 2013
'Cookin' Nanta' offers real dinner entertainment
A group of top chefs from South Korea have cooked up a theatrical delight, which is showing at the Sunshine Theater in Tokyo's Ikebukuro district this weekend.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Nov 20, 2013
Yoji Sakate celebrates in style
To celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, the Tokyo-based Rinkogun theater company determined to present four original plays by its founder, the renowned playwright and director Yoji Sakate.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 7, 2013
As crowds shrink, movie theaters turn to showing live concerts, ballet
Theater operators are looking for new ways to use their facilities as they struggle to survive the decline in cinemagoers.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Oct 3, 2013
Ebizo rethinks kabuki's strategy
In the glitzy and gossipy world of Japanese celebrity, hardly a week goes by without revelations being made about — or made by — Ichikawa Ebizo XI.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 14, 2013
Senior theater troupes increasing as baby boomers seek new roles
Japan is seeing an increasing number of theater companies made up of elderly actors as baby boomers and other seniors seek to tread the boards.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Aug 1, 2013
Take baby steps into theater
Before it learns how to speak, a baby responds to sounds by cooing, gurgling and changing his or her facial expression. Then it begins to babble and, eventually, the first "mama" or "dada" pops out to parental delight.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jul 20, 2013
Theaters of war and peace in Kumamoto
The pamphlet tells me this is a "castle" — but the structure in front of me defies that description. Granted, my frame of reference is greatly informed by the impressive edifices of Kumamoto, Himeji and Matsumoto that date back to the gory Sengoku (Warring States) Period spanning some 150 years from...
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jul 18, 2013
All of Okinawa is a stage for Kijimuna Festa
Parents who have tried to take their children on museum outings might recognize what a formidable challenge it can be to get them excited about traditional arts. Kijimuna Festa, a theater festival in Okinawa for children and young adults, was founded with this issue in mind.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jun 20, 2013
For a nonverbal theater group, The Original Tempo has a lot to say
"The Yellow Raincoat Squad' is charming and engaging. This is another one of those productions that defies description but is a must-see for all ages," wrote Catherine Lamm in The British Theatre Guide in August, 2009. Lamm was reviewing one of Japan's best-kept theatrical secrets: The Original Tempo...
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jun 14, 2013
Mishima plays get the puppet treatment
The "Five Modern Noh Plays" by Yukio Mishima (1925-70) has already been the subject of many adaptations, but the latest is by marionette theater company Youkiza. Not only is the original set of yūgen (a mysterious, profound universe) retained, but so is the modern approach typical of novelist Mishima's...

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