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The Summer of Ubume

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 There’s no shortage of writers who have picked up literary awards for their debut novels. Far rarer are the ones who have had a new prize created because of them. Such was the…

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The Cribs

Northern England’s Jarman brothers return—this time with Johnny Marr in tow

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La Vie Qui Bat

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009 In a special collaboration for the ongoing Dance Triennale Tokyo, Canadian choreographer Ginette Laurin restages her signature work set to the music of Steve Reich. La Vie Qui Bat (roughly, “The Beat of…

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Little Shop of Horrors

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009 For its 113th year, the Tokyo International Players decided on a “dark-themed” season, with murder and mayhem in all the productions. First up for Japan’s longest-running expat theater troupe is the 1982 musical…

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Mirror and Music

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009 Since establishing his Karas company in Paris in the ’80s, contemporary dance choreographer Saburo Teshigawara has forged a reputation for esthetically striking work that builds on his background in both ballet and the…

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Tsukasa Yokozawa: Parallel Lives

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009 Now based in New York on a Japanese government fellowship, photographer Tsukasa Yokozawa is known for playing with expectations. Images in his “Parallel Lives” of urban and natural landscapes often seem synchronized, but…

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Bunt

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009 Following in the footsteps of Japanese musicians who have honed their craft overseas, Ryu Seita is the “spiritual leader and axeman of the apocalypse” (a.k.a. guitarist) for Sydney institution Bunt, a punk rock…

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Kawasaki Jomon 10,000 Years

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009 One can’t help but wonder what Tokyo looked like before earthquakes, war and rampant development transformed it in the 20th century. But what about the prehistory of the Kanto Plain? An intriguing show…

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