Dramatist brings citizens of all ages together

May 2, 2015

Dramatist brings citizens of all ages together

by Nobuko Tanaka

Public theaters across the country are holding significantly more community productions and workshops aimed at local residents who are looking to get involved in performance art. Undoubtedly that’s in part thanks to the pioneering work of the nation’s leading dramatist on the world stage, ...

Bintley returns with his new-look 'Cinderella'

Apr 28, 2015

Bintley returns with his new-look 'Cinderella'

by Kris Kosaka

For dance fans, there’s the promise of some glittering Golden Week holiday reunions as David Bintley, long-time director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, returns here with that company for the first time since his four-year stint doubling up as artistic director of the National ...

TACT serves up some fantastical holiday fare

Apr 28, 2015

TACT serves up some fantastical holiday fare

by Nobuko Tanaka

If you’re so busy wondering how to spend the upcoming Golden Week holiday that you can hardly sleep, why not simply go and enjoy the TACT/Festival at TMET (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre) in Ikebukuro — where you can count sheep, too, if you want. Following ...

Orpheus descends on Japan

Apr 28, 2015

Orpheus descends on Japan

by Mika Eglinton

Of all U.S. playwright Tennessee Williams’s many major works — including “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Glass Menagerie” — “Orpheus Descending,” which opens in Tokyo next week with a star-studded Japanese cast and multi-award-winning English director Phillip Breen at the helm, is among ...

Shizuoka blooms with culture at theater event

Apr 16, 2015

Shizuoka blooms with culture at theater event

by Nobuko Tanaka

With sunlight dappling fresh green leaves, flowers in bloom and birds singing, spring and early summer is when Europeans leave their homes to enjoy the arts at great annual events such as Germany’s Theatertreffen and France’s Avignon Festival. In contrast, though spring in Japan ...

'Tenimyu' 2.5-D shows net over 2 million tickets sold

Mar 31, 2015

'Tenimyu' 2.5-D shows net over 2 million tickets sold

by Nobuko Tanaka

There’s kabuki, noh, butoh, bunraku, regular plays, glitzy musicals and Japan’s unique all-female Takarazuka musical theater troupe — but another home-grown performance-art genre has for some time been carving a niche in this country’s diverse entertainment world in the shape of so-called 2.5-D musicals. ...

Twenty years of 'Riverdance' and it's never been out of step

Mar 26, 2015

Twenty years of 'Riverdance' and it's never been out of step

“Riverdance” is returning to Japan. Twenty years on from its debut as an interval in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, the Irish step-dancing show that revamped and massively expanded the genre’s global appeal is returning to Japan for its sixth tour. It’s hard ...

Top bunraku artist ensures his master's name lives on

Mar 25, 2015

Top bunraku artist ensures his master's name lives on

by Ayako Takahashi

Traditional Japanese puppetry, known as bunraku, has its roots in 17th-century Osaka, but in the following century a variant emerged in which, rather than a puppet being handled by just one person, three performers working together operated each puppet in a play’s cast. In ...