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Exhibition: Aki Sasamoto: Delicate Cycle / Long Island City, NY

09/19/2016 - 01/02/2017

SculptureCenter will present Aki Sasamoto's first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum. Working at the intersection of performance and sculpture, Sasamoto creates object scenarios out of narratives and actions. For this exhibition, Sasamoto will create a new body of work in relation to the site. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Aki Sasamoto, preliminary research image, 2016. Courtesy the artist.]

Performance: About Kazuo Ohno - Reliving the Butoh Diva's Masterpieces / New York, NY; Hudson, NY; Burlington, VT; Iowa City, IA; Amherst, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Pittsburgh, PA

09/16/2016 - 10/13/2016

Takao Kawaguchi, one of Japan's most sought-after dancers and former member of Dumb Type, challenged himself to literally "copy" the dances of the late butoh master and co-founder Kazuo Ohno, from archival recordings. What results is a hauntingly beautiful illusory duet between Kawaguchi and Ohno. Presented just weeks before what would have been Ohno's 110th birthday, About Kazuo Ohno attempts to reconstruct Ohno's timeless masterpieces, including Admiring La Argentina (1977) and My Mother (1981), phrase by phrase. This tour is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

[Tour Schedule]
September 16 & 17: Japan Society (New York, NY)
September 24: Hudson Opera House (Hudson, NY)
September 27 & 28: Flynn Center for Performing Arts (Burlington, VT)
September 30 & October 1: University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
October 5: University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Amherst, MA)
October 7 – 9: REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA)
October 13: The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA)

[Image: © bozzo]

Performance: Jinta-la-Mvta: From Chindon-ya to Klezmer

08/28/2016 - 08/31/2016

Japanese music group Jinta-La-Mvta will make rare appearances in Connecticut and Massachusetts during their US/Canada tour. The group is a unique ensemble that combines its own roots in Japanese Chindon-ya style with influences from Jewish, Greek, Balkan and American musical traditions. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Tour Schedule:
August 28:  Mandell Jewish Community Center (Hartford, CT)
August 30: The Burren (Somerville, MA)
August 31: The Rose Kennedy Greenway (Boston, MA) 

[Image: Courtesy of the artists]

Exhibition: Tokyo-Ga / Miami, FL

08/24/2016 - 02/28/2017

Originated as a response to the disasters in Japan in 2011 that brought about an awareness of the global connectedness of not just the Japanese people but of all humanity, 51 photographs featuring the city of Tokyo will be on display at MIA Galleries at Miami International Airport. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Yukinori Tokoro]

Exhibition: Abstract Traditions: Postwar Japanese Prints from the DePauw University Permanent Art Collection / Greencastle, IN

08/24/2016 - 12/09/2016

This exhibition at  at the Peeler Art Center, DePauw University features a pivotal moment in Japanese printmaking history in which artists broke away from centuries of workshop method of making prints and embraced the flexibility and spontaneous creativity by sketching, carving, and printing on their own. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image:  Iwami Reika, Winter Composition No. 2, 1959, Woodblock print on paper, 17-5/16 x 12-1/4 inches, DePauw Art Collection: 2016.5.3, Gift of David T. Prosser, Jr. '65.]

Performance: The Legend of Oni / New York, NY

08/12/2016 - 08/17/2016

OZmate, a musical theater company based in Japan, will present The Legend of Oni with an all female cast at the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC). The Legend of Oni is a musical about two Oni, ogres in Japan, in the pre-Samurai Heian period. This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

[Photo: © Musical Company OZmate]

Performance: Quiet, Comfort / Brooklyn, New York

08/11/2016 - 08/27/2016

OBIE-winning theater company Hoi Polloi presents Quiet, Comfort, a newly-commissioned text by Japanese phenomenon playwright Toshiki Okada. For the piece, director Alec Duffy fashions a dream world in which the audience joins the actors on a giant bed that fills the entire stage of JACK for a piece about travel, first-world privilege and the danger of a life lived alone. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

[Image: Courtesy of the artists]

Performance: Japanese Art in Latin America: Ryu Goto / Santiago & Easter Island (Chile)

07/31/2016 - 08/08/2016

Acclaimed violinist Ryu Goto will visit Santiago, Chile, for two performances with Orquesta de Camara de Chile as well as a mini concert at children’s hospital. He will also visit Easter Island to conduct a solo performance and master classes. This event is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Chile.

 [Photo: © E. Miyoshi]

Workshop: The Flying Seed over the Sea - Journey to Unknown / Brooklyn, NY


This awareness art workshop conducted by Misuzu session and 3PerformersJapan will take the participants to the bottom of the ocean and to the inner self. A live performance will take place during the workshop for more inspiration. Click here to watch the trailer. To learn more about the workshop, please click here. This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation.

Exhibition: Elements of Nature: Water / Dayton, OH

07/16/2016 - 10/16/2016

A 12-foot video projection of a waterfall by the Japanese interdisciplinary technology group, teamLab, will be on display at the Dayton Art Institute as part of the summer suite of exhibitions. Informed by the tradition of ancient Japanese Art, ukiyo-e woodblock prints, and contemporary forms of anime, the work demonstrates teamLab’s keen interest in the transcendental qualities of water and the combination of both two and three-dimensional space in digital form. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: teamLab, Universe of Water Particles, 2013, 5 channel digital work, Continuous Loop, No. 58607.EC2. Image courtesy the artist.]

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