“Steven Berkoff’s iconic adaptation of Franz Kafka’s novella, which tells the tale of a travelling salesman who is transformed into an insect, is brought to life in this highly physical and visually striking production. Captured live at the Parco Theater in Tokyo, this landmark performance is in Japanese with English subtitles.” —– Steven Berkoff
Metamorphosis is a production based on Franz Kafka’s novella. Metamorphosis was performed at the Parco Theater in Tokyo and captured and made available for viewing online through Digital Theatre Plus.Metamorphosis currently has English subtitles supported for international audiences.
There was DRUM TAO performance at Tryon Festival Theatre on Wednesday, March 11. The performers were from Japan, and their impressive performance using “Wadaiko-drums”, Japanese flutes and harps made the performance perfect.
Written by Aejin Shin
The template said, ‘DRUM TAO was awarded several prizes including Outstanding Cultural
Contribution form Oita prefecture’. In addition, in February 2016, their
off-Broadway show in New York ended up with a great success. After watching the
performance, I thought they deserved the awards. They played drums of various
sizes, ranging from small handy ones to big ones which performers can even ride
on. Also, the way the drums were played was brilliant. Standing between the
drums, people played multiple drums of various sizes together. In addition,
their movements were so in sync with each other and well-organized that I felt
it was a masterpiece performance.
Their performance had two distinct factors which
differentiate them from any other performance. The first was that the
performers tried to communicate with the audience. They skillfully bought out
applause and responses from the audience. They put their hands on their ears and
made a listening gesture again and again until the audience gives them back a round
of applause. Also, through catered performance pieces that Americans can relate
such Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk dancing in between performance, the American audience
could relate to the performance more.
Secondly, the performance was full of humors.
With all the lights off, the performers wore fluorescent yellow-colored clothes
and presented techniques that made them looked like one person teleporting
around the stage. It also drew laughter from the audience by making intentional
mistakes and putting in humor elements from time to time.
The performance was a combination of
traditional Japanese instruments and modern choreography. Performers created
performances that can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of one’s age and gender
by utilizing humors and eye-catching performance. I would like to recommend
this performance to everyone!
I just had dinner at Ikenberry and was ready to go to the Krannert Art Museum. I got to the East Gallery just in time to listen to Bridge #2.2. This diverse group, in both place of origin and age, is constituted by saxophonist and flutist Mai Sugimoto, guitarist Raymond Boni, double bassist Paul Rogers, and Illinois native bassist Anton Hatwich. They all come from different parts of the world: Japan, England, and France.