The Barakura English Garden always has plenty of beautiful events. Coming up are the Rose Weeks. Celebrating the national flower of England, varieties of different species of rose, shrub rose and climbing rose will be in bloom, complementing the other plants flowering around them.
During the pandemic Eric Clapton decided to gather Nathan East, Steve Gadd and Chris Stainton to film an acoustic live session, without an audience. A film of this performance will be shown at the Shinjuku Piccadilly cinema and other locations.
This is a 2019 coming-of-age comedy, starring Beanie Feldstein and directed by British director Coky Giedroyc. English journalist, author and broadcaster, Caitlin Moran wrote the screenplay, based on her 2014 novel of the same title.
Opening for the 2021–22 season will be eight performances of the timeless masterpiece, Swan Lake. Performed by the dancers of the National Ballet of Japan, the production is choreographed and produced by the British ballet teacher, choreographer, director and former professional dancer, Sir Peter Wright CBE.
Photo: Takuya Uchiyama
Bunraku (traditional Japanese puppet theatre) was in 2003 inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The National Theatre is hosting a two-part Bunraku performance, with guidance in English. Part of the Japan Cultural Expo programme celebrating Japanese arts and culture, the Discover BUNRAKU programme will showcase the “Nozaki-mura” scene from Shinpan Utazaimon.
Artist David Smith (1906–1965) was one of the most renowned sculptors, and an influence on Sir Anthony Alfred Caro OM CBE, an English abstract sculptor. Caro’s style was modernist and was lauded as the greatest British sculptor of his generation. This mini-exhibition explores the importance of steel as a sculptural material.
Artwork: David Smith, Circle IV, 1962 @sato katsuaki
This exhibition focuses on the works of French artist René Lalique. He spent two years at the Crystal Palace School of Art in Sydenham, London. During that time he also practised as an apprentice goldsmith to leading Parisian Art Nouveau jeweller and goldsmith Louis Aucoc, who informed his work in jewellery and glass.
Left: Butterfly Brooch Sylphide c.1900, Private Collection, Courtesy of Albion Art Jewellery Institute
Right: Night Light Swallows, Body Tourbillions 1919, Galerie Orphée
The 2019 film The Lighthouse, starring British actor Robert Pattinson and US actor Willem Dafoe is a gothic psychological horror film that was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards in February 2020. This film has recently been released in Japan, and is not one to miss.
Euripides’ classic tragedy was brought to life through the 2014 National Theatre performance. In Euripides’ classic story, a heartbroken Medea—played by the late British actress Helen McCrory—plots revenge on her ex-husband. The production was filmed by the National Theatre and will be playing at Toho Cinemas Chanter and other select locations.
Photo: NTLive Media (C) Richard-Hubert-Smith
This musical, based on the BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, will premier in Japan this summer, performed by Japanese actors. The performance has been a hit in the London West End, as well as being nominated for the Lawrence Olivier Award in five categories.
UK artist Ryan Gander has made a considerable mark on the international art scene. Recently, he teamed up with the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery to curate two concurrent exhibitions. One is titled Colours of the Imagination and pays tribute to the late Kotaro Terada. The second is an interactive exhibition called All Our Stories are Incomplete…, which focuses on light, or a lack of it. Should this pique your interest, make sure you visit the gallery.
Artwork: Tetsuo MIZÙ, Johann Sebastian Bach, 1990
Shakespeare’s iconic tale of Romeo and Juliet, has returned to the stage at the TBS Akasaka ACT Theater, Tokyo and the Umeda Arts Theater, Osaka. After a two-year hiatus, the highly successful musical is back to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the play’s first performance in Japan.
Photo by Leslie Kee (SIGNO)
This impressive exhibition celebrates 16 female artists who began their contemporary art careers between the 1950s and 1970s. Newly commissioned work from the successful British artist Phyllida Barlow CBE is featured.
Artwork: untitled: canvasracks; 2018-2019, Phyllida Barlow
Photo: Damian Griffiths, Courtesy of Cross Steele Collection
This exhibition will be showcasing recently acquired works from talented British and Japanese studio potters alongside the gallery’s permanent collection.
Artwork: Black Light V, Ashley Howard
The Sainokuni Shakespeare Series is a project to perform all of Shakespeare’s plays in Japanese. It was started in 1998 by the late Japanese director and actor Yukio Ninagawa. This performance of All’s Well That Ends Well is the last performance of the project. Members of HoriPro Stage may make advance bookings from 21 March.