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Event: The Art of Japanese Beauty: Past, Present and Future / New York, NY

05/11/2012

“The Art of Japanese Beauty: Past, Present and Future” will feature a presentation and discussion of ancient Japanese makeup and beauty techniques by a Kaoshi, master of Japanese makeup and beauty craft traditionally dedicated to the service of Kabuki actors and Geisha. The event will also include performances of modern dance set to traditional Japanese Koto music, food and sake tastings, and an exhibition of antique Japanese beauty implements and authentic ceremonial Kimonos.

Friday, May 11, 6 to 9PM
Audi Forum 250 Park Avenue (at 47th St), New York, NY, 10017
Admission is limited to 200 guests. RSVP required.
RSVP : press@j-collabo.org by May 6
Suggested minimum donation $20 at the door

Literature: PEN World Voices - Japan/America: Writers' Dialogue / New York, NY

05/06/2012

Asia Society will once again join with Monkey Business, the acclaimed English-language anthology of newly translated Japanese writing, to present an American-Japanese literary dialogue in conjunction with the PEN World Voices International Festival.

This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation, New York through JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: Kammerraku / New York, NY

05/05/2012 - 05/06/2012

Japanese masters Nami Kineie (shamisen), Yumi Kurosawa (koto), and James Nyoraku Schlefer (shakuhachi) perform Kammerraku with the dynamic Voxare String Quartet. Two New York City performances of Kammerraku,® a program of groundbreaking new chamber music for string quartet with Japanese instruments – koto, shakuhachi and shamisen – an evocative, exciting sound blending two timeless musical traditions. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

May 5: World Financial Center Winter Garden
May 6: Tenri Cultural Institute

Lecture: Asia For Educators Simulcasts / Online

05/03/2012, 05/07/2012

May 3: What Happened to Japan's Economy? Lessons for the U.S. Lucien Ellington will address the causes for Japan's economic troubles and their possible ramifications for other developed nations.

May 7: Japanese and Chinese Garden Design. Art historian Nancy Hope provides insights into this excellent way to introduce both historical and cultural assumptions that Chinese and Japanese gardens are differentto students.

Both are free and begin at 7:00 PM EST. Please click on above links to register in advance. These simulcasts are supported by CGP Grassroots Exchange and Education.

Event: The 1st Annual Pittsburgh Sakura Festival / Pittsburgh, PA

04/29/2012

The first Cherry Blossom Festival in honor of the centennial of the original gift of cherry trees from Japan to the US in 1912. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation, New York through JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: Bang on a Can: 25 Years / New York, NY

04/28/2012

Bang on a Can celebrates its 25th birthday with landmark three program: The Fire, Asphalt Orchestra, and Field Recordings. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

April 28: Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater

Performance: (glowing) / New York, NY

04/27/2012 - 04/28/2012

Inspired by great modern writer Jun-ichiro Tanizaki’s essay In-ei Reisan (In Praise of Shadows), Bessie award winner Kota Yamazaki re-examines his background and explores his own butoh with dancers from Senegal and Ethiopia and US contemporary performers. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

April 27 & 28, Japan Society, New York, NY
Photo © Ryutaro Mishima

Performance: The Crazy Cloud Collection / Arcata & Santa Monica, CA, etc

04/18/2012, 04/27/2012 - 04/28/2012, 05/01/2012, 05/05/2012, 05/12/2012

Crazy Cloud Collection, by Ko Murobushi and the inkBoat ensemble, is motivated by the life of 15th century Japanese Zen monk, Ikkyu Sojun and consummated in a transnational and trans-generational laboratory of butoh-esque rejection, conflict and renewal. The piece highlights the quest for spiritual enlightenment at the same time as it craves an addictive fix. It is a paradox that does justice to its source of inspiration. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

April 18, Arcata Playhouse, Arcata, CA
April 27 & 28 Highways PAC, Santa Monica, CA
May 1: CAVE, Brooklyn, NY 
May 5: Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA 
May 12: Marines Memorial Theatre, San Francisco, CA 

Performance: Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival / New York, NY

04/14/2012

This event will take place at Sakura Park from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, and at US Grant National Memorial Park from 12 noon to 4 p.m. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation, New York through JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: DOGUGAESHI / Washington, D.C.

04/10/2012 - 04/22/2012

In Basil Twist’s DOGUGAESHI, a ferocious tiger appears amidst a bamboo thicket. The urban cityscape of Tokyo dissolves in the whirlpool of ritual and history.

Tuesday through Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/twist_fest/index.html
http://www.studiotheatre.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=3237

This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation, New York through JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

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