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Kyoto Experiment Goes From Strength to Strength

This article was originally published in The Japan Times on 23 February 2016 “It may be wrong to mix different wines, but old and new wisdom make an…

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On Ishinha’s new site-specific performance “Twilight”

This article was originally published in The Japan Times on 25 August 2015 Tokyo may be Japan’s performing-arts hub, but a growing number of artists are swapping the…

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Theatre, Performance and the sixth Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale

The sixth Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is set to start July 26 in Tokamachi City and Tsunan Town in Niigata Prefecture, north-central Honshu.

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50 Years of Shakespeare at Konan Women’s University

The small book I worked on between January and April this year has arrived. It is an oral history project with additional essays reflecting on 50 years of…

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Konan W.U. students set to mark 50 years of Shakespeare in English

This article was originally published in The Japan Times on 31 March 2015 In 1964, the late Polish theater scholar Jan Kott wrote “Shakespeare, Our Contemporary,” an influential…

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Shakespeare and Crouch Twelfth Night Double Bill in Mito

This article was originally published in The Japan Times on 4 February 2015. Over the past decade, Shintaro Mori has made a name for himself in Japan’s theater…

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Shika Goroshi’s adaptation of Golding’s Lord of the Flies in Tokyo and Kansai

This article was originally published in The Japan Times on 7 January 2015. Central to William Golding’s dystopian novel “Lord of the Flies” is the notion of violence…

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Kansai region on course to enhance its arts renaissance

In its 2013 policy report, the Agency for Cultural Affairs vowed to build “a nation based on culture and the arts” through the promotion of regional festivals, artist-in-residence programs and other events. So what can we expect the Kansai region’s contribution to the performing arts to be in 2015?

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Nick Payne’s Constellations in Tokyo

As the third play in its series titled Drama for Two — The Power of Dialogue, the New National Theatre, Tokyo, is set to stage acclaimed English playwright Nick Payne’s two-hander quantum love story “Constellations” for a three-week run from Dec. 3.