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Tyler Tyler

03/17/2010 - 03/20/2010

DANCE THEATER WORKSHOP¡¡presents¡¡Yasuko Yokoshi¡¡in the world premiere of Tyler Tyler Tyler Tyler resumes Yasuko Yokoshi's artistic partnership with Masumi Seyama, revered master teacher of Kabuki Su-Odori dance and the heir to the legacy of Kanjyuro Fujima VI, one of the renowned Kabuki choreographers of the 20th Century in Japan. Together they deconstruct new choreographic material from Fujima's classical dance repertories. Yokoshi and Seyama dare to face boundaries of different training, cultural code and social hierarchy yet simultaneously desire to cherish the forms and beauty of universal language of dance.
Tyler Tyler features the oldest disciple and member of Seyama Dance Family, Kayo Seyama; a young Kabuki actor, Kuniya Sawamura; and an actor from the Bungakuza Theater Company, Naoki Asaji. In the United States, Yokoshi collaborates with American contemporary dancers Julie Alexander and Kayvon Pourazar, and musician Steven Reker who toured the world as a guitarist, singer and dancer. Tyler Tyler is produced by MAPP International Productions.

Donald Keene Center Spring 2010 Events

03/11/2010, 04/02/2010, 04/09/2010, 04/14/2010, 04/16/2010, 04/22/2010, 04/29/2010, 05/06/2010

March 11: "Japanese New Religions and Their Colonized Proselytes: Tenrikyō in Korea, 1893-1950"
April 2: “Mixed Messages: Classical Literature in 17th- and 18th-Century ‘Books for Women’”
April 9: "2009 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature Award Ceremony "
April 14: 2010 Annual Soshitsu Sen XV Distinguished Lecture on Japanese Culture “Why I Posed as Yukio Mishima”
April 16: "Book Talk by Robert Hellyer: Defining Engagement: Japan and Global Contexts, 1640-1868"
April 22: "The Body in Modern Japanese Theater"
April 29t: “Book Talk by Donald Keene: So Lovely a Country Will Never Perish”
May 6: "War and Peace in the Manga of Tezuka Osamu"

AURA-J

03/03/2010 - 03/09/2010

AURA-J, a Tokyo-based professional performing ensemble of Japanese instruments will be in residence at Texas A&M University, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the East-West Center. The tour by AURA-J is intended to engage audiences in the U.S. with Japanese instruments and contemporary Japanese music and to create opportunities for further artistic exchange between Japanese and American artists. During the residency, the group will perform concerts, give several lecture-demonstrations, and introduce schoolchildren to Japanese music. Founded by one of Japan’s most famous composers, Minoru Miki, AURA-J is noted for its exciting concerts, virtuoso playing, and innovative approach to Japanese instruments.
March 3 (Wednesday) 7:30 p.m. at Rudder Theater, Texas A&M University
March 6 (Saturday) 7:30 p.m. at Orvis Auditorium, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
March 7 (Sunday) 4:00 p.m. at Imin Center-Jefferson Hall, East-West Center
March 9 (Tuesday) 7:30 p.m. at Orvis Auditorium, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Blocks of Continuality/ Body, Image, and Algorithm

03/03/2010 - 03/06/2010

Radical New York-based performance-technology artist, and Guggenheim Fellowship-winning choreographer-dancer, Koosil-ja Hwang, will present an electrifying new multimedia performance piece at The Dance Theater Workshop, New York. Using dance and live camera work Blocks of Continuality/Body, Image, and Algorithm tells three simultaneous stories simulating the coexistence of the digital and flesh worlds. Digital scenery will be created in a 3D engine with an interactive world based on the dancers' movements. Created in collaboration with 19 artists, Blocks blends modern and traditional, digital and flesh, using synesthesia, transcoding and perception as means of experiencing the virtual dimension of body and the potential of a dynamically networked body situated in digital environment.

Rieko Matsuura: An Evening with a Contemporary Japanese Novelist (The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P)

02/25/2010

The Japan Foundation, in association with Columbia University, is proud to present “Rieko Matsuura: An Evening with a Contemporary Japanese Novelist (The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P).” Available for the first time in English,The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P is a gripping read and best seller in Japan, and launched its author to instant recognition almost overnight. This will be Ms. Matsuura’s first US tour and will be joined by the English translator, Professor Michael Emmerich.

Thursday, February 25th
6:00pm-7:30pm
403 Kent Hall, Columbia University

Japan Foundation Film Series 2010 (Midwest)

01/20/2010 - 03/10/2010

The Japan Foundation’s New York office organizes an annual film series in which Japanese films are screened at educational and cultural institutions in the U.S. Now in its 5th year, the series this year will be held at 3 universities in the Midwest region. This year's series is devoted to new Japanese cinema, showcased by four highly acclaimed, award-winning films. Ranging across different themes and genres, the lineup of films promises audiences a primer of the most talked about Japanese films of recent years.

Always Sunset on Third Street (2005, Drama) directed by Yamazaki Takashi
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006, Anime) directed by Mamoru Hosoda
Memories of Matsuko (2006, Comedy/Drama) directed by Nakashima Tetsuya
I Just Didn’t Do It (2007, Social Drama) directed by Masayuki Suo

For the screening dates, please visit the participating university's website:
Western Michigan University (Jan 20-Mar 10)
University of Kansas
University of Wisconsin (Jan 29-Feb 19)

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

01/12/2010 - 01/30/2010

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, an interdisciplinary and multimedia theatrical adaptation of Haruki Murakami's internationally acclaimed novel, will be presented at Ohio Theatre. The production runs from January 12 to 30, 2010 in a limited engagement and is part of the Public Theater’s “Under the Radar” Festival.
Inspired by Murakami’s visionary style, director Stephen Earnhart, former Director of Production for Miramax Films, combines elements of live performance, live music, puppetry and dance/movement, with cinematic video and audio technology to create a hypnotic “theatre of dreams.”
This cross-cultural production has been developed in New York and Tokyo and represents an international collaboration between Western and Asian artists and designers.

Hogaku: New Sounds of Japan 2010

01/09/2010, 01/13/2010, 01/15/2010

TAIKO, KOTO, SHAMISEN… new interpretations of these Japanese traditional instruments will be presented in a three-city tour!  Come and explore the invigorating new sounds of three acclaimed duos, Tsugukaji-KOTO (koto), OYAMA x NITTA (tsugaru-shamisen), HIDE & MIHO (taiko/percussions) and rediscover the exciting world of Japanese music!
A pre-performance lecture will be given prior to each concert.

New York (Asia Society): Saturday, January 9
Nashville (Nashville Symphony): Wednesday, January 13
Atlanta (University of Georgia): Friday, January 15

AUTO DA FE

01/08/2010 - 01/24/2010

The U.S./English language premiere of Auto Da Fe, written by Masataka Matsuda and directed by Josh Fox of International WOW Company, will be presented at Baruch Performing Arts Center, from January 8 to 24, 2010.
The play is a dreamscape of collective amnesia, life during watime, the self-conscious erasure of history and national identity, and a search for meaning and beauty. With an international cast from Japan, Scotland, Australia Spain, Switzerland, Philippines, Canada and the United States, Auto Da Fe promises to be a thrilling, moving international exploration of gripping immediacy.

Akira Kurosawa Centennial at Film Forum

01/06/2010 - 02/18/2010

Film Forum presents this international celebration to mark the centennial of the birth of one of the masters of Japanese and world cinema, Akira Kurosawa (1910–2010), with a major retrospective of the director’s career. Featuring adored masterpieces as well as some of his rarely seen works, this six week event is sure to once again capture the breadth and scope of Kurosawa’s major contribution to the history of film.

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