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Performance: Voices and Echoes / Portland, OR, etc.

09/16/2012 - 09/28/2012

A unique tour that features performances of sound artist Akio Suzuki, as well as a duo of poet Gozo Yoshimasu and Otomo Yoshihide.

This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Sep 16: Time-Based Art Festival, Portland, OR
Sep 20: CalArts - The Wild Beast, Los Angeles, CA
Sep 22: Vancouver New Music, Vancouver, CND
Sep 24: Nameless Sound, Houston, TX
Sep 27 - 28: Issue Project Room, New York, NY

Performance: Iwami Kagura Five-City U.S. Tour / Atlanta, GA, etc.

09/15/2012, 09/16/2012, 09/18/2012, 09/19/2012, 09/21/2012

Kagura (literally “god-entertainment”) is an art form with deep ties to the polytheistic Shinto religion indigenous to Japan. Hailing from Shimane prefecture in western Japan, Iwami Kagura is famous for its characteristic melodic rhythm and splendid costumes. Shimane prefecture is known as the land of gods in Japanese mythology, and many pieces in the repertory of Iwami Kagura is based on the heroic, lively, dream-like representations of Japan’s ancient myths and legends.

In this five-city tour, members of the Iwami Kagura Shinwa-Kai, an umbrella organization of thirteen different groups in Masuda-City, Shimane prefecture, will entertain American audiences with two of the most popular titles, "Ebisu" and "Orochi."  The Iwami Kagura tour is co-presented by the Japan Foundation and the Consulates-General of Japan in Atlanta, Nashville and Miami.

Sep 15: 14th Street Playhouse (Atlanta, GA), 7pm
Sep 16: Center for Puppetry Art (Atlanta, GA), 2pm
Sep 18: Murray State University (Murray, KY), 7pm
Sep 19: The University of Tennessee at Martin (Martin, TN), 11:30am
Sep 21: Florida International University (Miami, FL), 11am
Sep 21: The Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens (Delray Beach, FL), 7pm

Performance: Fifty-Five: Music and Dance in Concrete / Seattle, WA, etc.

09/14/2012, 09/15/2012, 09/22/2012 - 09/23/2012, 09/28/2012 - 09/29/2012

"Fifty-Five: Music and Dance in Concrete" is a site-specific collaboration between composer Wayne Horvitz, choreographer Yukio Suzuki, video artist Yohei Saito and engineer and producer Tucker Martine which will combine music, video and live dance performance. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Sep 14: The Royal Room (Seattle, WA)
Sep 15: SEED Arts, Rainer Valley Festival (Seattle, WA)
Sep 22-23: Centrum (Port Tounsend, WA)
Sep 28-29: ASU Museum of Art (Tempe, AZ)

Performance: i.n.k. and white / Richmond, VA

09/14/2012

i.n.k. and White are two collaborations between choreographer Jessica Lang and Japanese visual artist Shinichi Maruyama, inspired by Maruyama's print and video series KUSHO. The performance will be held at Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond.

This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Performance: (glowing) / Portland, OR

09/09/2012

Inspired by the famous writer Jun'ichiro Tanizaki's Praise of Shadows, Kota Yamazaki's (glowing), featuring 6 dancers, examines Japanese aesthetics in terms of the search for beauty within darkness/shadow.

This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Film Screening: Japanese Anime Master: 4 by Miyazaki / Athens, GA

09/06/2012 - 09/29/2012

On four successive weeks in September, Athens Film Arts Institute showcases striking new 35mm prints of four films by master Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Thurs, 6: Princess Mononoke (1997) (Sat 8: dubbed)
Thurs, 13: Spirited Away (2001) (Sat 15: dubbed)
Thurs, 20: Howl's Moving Castle (2004) (Sat 22: dubbed)
Thurs, 27: Ponyo (2008) (Sat 29: dubbed)

Exhibition: Shinohara Pops! The Avant-Garde Road, Tokyo/New York / New Paltz, NY

08/29/2012 - 12/16/2012

This exhibition examines the 50-year career of Ushio Shinohara, an indispensable player in the field of global art history. Born in Japan in 1932, Shinohara was active in the Tokyo avant-garde art scene. From 1958-64, a critically important period of postwar Japanese art, he was a notorious regular of the annual Yomiuri Independent Exhibition and a founding member of a short-lived avant-garde group Neo Dada. Known for his Mohawk hairdo, he invented Boxing Painting, his version of “true” action.  This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Exhibition Abroad Support program.

Exhibition: Reinventing Tokyo: Japan's Largest City in the Artistic Imagination / Amherst, MA

08/25/2012 - 12/30/2012

Featuring 44 objects from the museum’s collection and other works from important private and public collections in Japan and the United States, "Reinventing Tokyo" to be exhibited at the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College is the first exhibition ever held in the United States to consider portrayals of Tokyo in light of the city’s continual reinvention since its founding, under the name Edo, more than 400 years ago. This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Exhibition Abroad Support program.
Image Courtesy Mead Art Museum

Performance: In Ghostly Japan – Stories of Strange Things / New York, NY

08/23/2012 - 08/26/2012

Free theater performance for children 7 years and up. In Ghostly Japan – Stories of Strange Things is a horror story based on stories written by Rampo Edogawa and by Yakumo Koizumi, incorporating projections inspired by Japanese Kage-e (shadow play), theatrical tricks and puppetry. Performance is in English. Visit Theatre Arts Japan website or Call 212.932.9601 for more information. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Performance: Self Made Man Man Made Land / Mt Tremper, NY

08/11/2012

Self Made Man Man Made Land is a construction project built by two dancers and a musician. Their materials are movement, voice, and live recording. This new work was created by Ursula Eagly in collaboration with dancer Abby Block and composer Kohji Setoh.

This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

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