May 15, 1988 |
A sense of ritual has always shaped Japanese theater, but the notables converging on the Kabukiza playhouse this chilly winter morning in taxicabs, subway cars, limousines and even rickshaws expect something out of the ordinary. On this day a brief ceremony that occurs only once a century has brought the entire Grand Kabuki family together.
September 3, 1987
JAMES A. DOOLITTLE THEATRE: Parking lot adjacent to the theater. Some street parking is available. Early arrival is suggested, due to the large number of events taking place in the Hollywood area. LOS ANGELES THEATRE CENTER: One of the better deals in town, the theater has a parking lot adjacent to theater on Spring; admission is $2. Very limited street parking is available. MARK TAPER FORUM AND DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION: Underground garage. $4. Limited street parking.
August 21, 1991
Sony Signs TV Deal: Columbia Pictures International Television, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, has signed an agreement to license feature films to the WOWOW Home Theater Channel, Japan's first direct-broadcast pay-television service. The long-term deal covers all films released by Sony's movie studios, Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures, as well as numerous titles from the company's 3,000-title film library.
October 31, 1988 |
Standing as an intriguing counterpoint to current trends, a massive show of some 550 pieces of art from Japan settled into Washington's National Gallery on Sunday for a three-month stint. Billed as the biggest show of artistic treasure ever to leave Japan--including a 700-year-old portrait that is the nation's equivalent to the Mona Lisa--"Japan: the Shaping of Daimyo Culture 1185-1868" is being seen as a way to help bridge the gap between the civilizations of the two countries.
May 7, 1985 |
Although the dazzling Kabuki theater of Japan has been a male enclave since 1629, women often specialize in related dance forms and head important Kabuki dance schools. In this regard, grandmaster Kanya Sanjo V brought pupils and guests to the stage of the Japan America Theatre on Sunday for her 30th annual Kabuki program.
January 23, 1985 |
Sixteen acting students sit on the floor in rows, locked in tight balls: foreheads on knees, arms clasped around shins, toes pointed up. Leg muscles are beginning to spasm involuntarily. It's almost the end of a 90-minute training session. Everyone is sweating. A Japanese shinae whistles through the air and the sword-like bamboo weapon smashes into a stack of rubber mats.