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PERFORMANCE: Water and Tears / Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Burlington, VT

04/19/2018 - 04/20/2018, 04/27/2018 - 04/28/2018, 05/09/2018 - 05/10/2018

A contemporary choreographer based in Japan, Kaori Seki explores the possibilities of the live encounter, engaging the audience’s senses and evoking nostalgia and memories that are difficult to record. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Performance Schedule
April 19 & 20: Ground Floor Theatre (Austin, TX)
April 27 & 28: Links Hall (Chicago, IL)
May 9 & 10: Flynn Center (Burlington, VT)

[Photo by GO]

PERFORMANCE: The Festival of Japan: Drums + Dance / New York, NY

04/14/2018

The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York (JFDINY) presents The Festival of Japan: Drums + Dance, a collaborative dance performance by JFDINY’s own dance ensemble Minbuza, accompanied by world renowned traditional musicians from Japan including Sukeroku Taiko and Katsuhiro Chiba. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This event takes place on April 14, 7pm at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St, New York, NY 10002.

[Photo: Katsuhiro Chiba. © Kenji Mori ]

CULTURAL EVENT: The 10th Annual Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival / Nashville, TN

04/14/2018

This annual festival is a family-friendly celebration of spring and Japanese culture that is free to the public. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The event takes place on Saturday, April 14, 10am - 5pm at 1 Public Square, Nashville, TN 37201.

PERFORMANCE: TAIKOZA: Voice of the Earth Tour 2018 / Delray Beach, FL

04/13/2018

Experience the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Japanese Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Give voice to traditional and new compositions with powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This event takes place on April 13, 7pm at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446.

[Photo courtesy of Taikoza]

PERFORMANCE: Junko Ueno Garrett Piano Concert: Tango, Soul and Passion / Iowa City, IA

04/12/2018

Japanese pianist Junko Ueno Garrett will give a piano concert entitled Tango, Soul and Passion. The program includes works by contemporary Japanese composers along with music from Europe and South America.This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This concert takes place on April 12, 7:30pm at Voxman Music Building, the University of Iowa, 93 East Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA 52240.

[Photo courtesy of the artist]

FILM: Perfect Revolution / Chicago, IL

04/11/2018

Asian Pop-Up Cinema presents Perfect Revolution (2017) as a midwest premiere. Director Jumpei Matsumoto will be in person for Q&A. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The screening takes place on April 11, 7pm at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

FILM & SYMPOSIUM: Godzilla as Harrier and Harbinger: Rethinking the Post-Atomic Pacific / Brunswick, ME

04/11/2018 - 04/13/2018

Bowdoin College's Asian Studies Department will host a screening of Japanese anime film Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters and a symposium concerning how the popular figure of Godzilla can spark global awareness and conversations regarding the uses and abuses of atomic energy in the Pacific region. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This event takes place on April 11 - 13 at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME.

PERFORMANCE: DBDT: Encore! - Rising Excellence / Dallas, TX

04/06/2018 - 04/07/2018

DBDT: Encore! presents a world premiere from Japanese choreographer Takehiro Ueyama. In the Sea of Heaven was created as an ode to the victims of the 2011 Japanese tsunami, and the recent 2017 hurricanes. It’s a powerful work featuring DBDT: Encore! dancers exploring a variety of global aesthetics.This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

This performance takes place on April 6 & 7, 7:30pm at Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

[Photo courtesy of Dallas Black Dance Theatre]

PERFORMANCE: The "Atsumori" Project / Hempden-Sydney, VA

04/05/2018 - 04/13/2018

An English-adaptation of the noh play Atsumori, developed and presented by Hampden-Sydney College's Fine Arts Department, will be premiered as part of a symposium entitled The Arts of Civil War. The English-original noh play Gettysburg will be performed by Theatre Nohgaku as a dramatic counterpoint. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The events take place at Johns Auditorium, Hampden-Sydney College from April 5-13. For detailed schedule of this event, please click here


FILM: Forbidden Colors: The Transgressions of Nagisa Oshima / Austin, TX

03/30/2018 - 04/22/2018

The Austin Film Society will present a series of films directed by Nagisa Oshima. Using radical cinematic techniques, Oshima brought themes of political and sexual radicalism to the screen. Inspired by the deconstructive experiments of the French New Wave, Oshima created a cinema that epitomized the boundary-pushing zeitgeist of young Japan. The series is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The film series takes place from March 30 to April 22 at the Austin Film Society, 6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752.

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