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Winter Summit

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on February 2010 Cutting-edge performance space Komaba Agora looks to beat the cold with some “extreme, hot energy” in the form of director Kunio Sugihara’s Winter Summit festival. Among the participating companies will be Tokyo dance-theater…

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Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival 2010

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on February 2010 Over ¥12 million in prize money is on offer in what’s being billed as the largest and most prestigious orchid exhibition in the world. A magnet for flower enthusiasts for two decades, the…

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Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on February 2010 Each year, electronics powerhouse Toshiba invites a world-class orchestra and accompanying soloists to perform under its Toshiba Grand Concert series. The 29th edition sees a rare visit by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra,…

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Exploration in Possible Spaces

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on February 2010 “Today, through virtual space technology, it is possible to simulate the natural environment and social composition,” say the curators at NTT InterCommunication Center. “How, then, does the metaverse—a 3D virtual space constructed on…

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Yorubenai Onna Tachi

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on February 2010 Pantomime and performance artist Barbara Murata presents a new piece that she has described as the culmination of her career. Employing mime, masks, puppets, dance and theater, Murata explores the female psyche by…

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Japan Media Arts Festival

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on February 2010 Media arts change as rapidly as the technologies with which they are created. Find out how the field is currently moving forward at the 13th edition of the Japan Media Arts Festival. Prizewinning…

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Black History Month Tokyo 2010

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on February 2010 A month-long celebration of black culture kicks off at Fiat Caffé with a “Tribute to Black Dance.” Among the performers and troupes taking the stage will be Ameenah Asante, Japan Salsa, You Dieng…

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Disco Bloodbath

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on February 2010 Their name references the infamous 1996 NYC “club kids” murder (later depicted in the film Party Monster) but, if the blogosphere and UK dancefloors are to be believed, their music is no crime….

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Popcorn

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on February 2010 Described as a “pop-up shop for kids,” Popcorn is a gallery-show-cum-marketplace featuring clothes, toys and gifts from independent designers and local and international artists. The event takes place in an Omotesando gallery just…

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Tabaimo

A leading contemporary artist dissects Japan’s “lost generation”

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