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PERFORMANCE: Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination

12/13/2017 - 12/15/2017

Philosophy, dance, and folklore merge in the Bessie Award-winning choreographer Kota Yamazaki's latest work, which is inspired by French writers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, butoh pioneer Tatsumi Hijikata's notion of a "dance of darkness," and Japan's Goze music tradition. Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination explores the fragile body, the vaporizing body, and the body as an absorbing force. This performance is supported by the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

The performance takes place on December 13 through 15, 7:30pm, at the Howard Gilman Performance Space at Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018.

[Photo: © Hideto Maezawa]

PERFORMANCE: Recycling: Washi Tales / Galloway, NJ

11/17/2017 - 11/18/2017

Recycling: Washi Tales brings to life in performance the human stories contained in a sheet of washi paper as it is recycled through time. In a world created by distinguished paper artist, Kyoko Ibe, four tales of paper-making from different periods of Japanese history unfold on stage with an extraordinary ensemble of performers and musicians. The performance was co-presented by Asia Society and The Japan Foundation previously in 2016.

Ibe has created a site-specific installation in Stockton University Art Galleries for the exhibition until November 18, 2017. To complement the exhibition, various Japanese cultural workshops will be held. The event is supported by the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists.

[Photo: © Ayumi Sakamoto]

LITERATURE: The Big Read Holland Area - Keynote address: Julie Otsuka / Holland, MI


The Big Read Holland Area is a community-wide reading program focused on the reading of one book. This year's title is When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka. During the keynote address, she will discuss her own family's experience of internment during WWII, the creative process and how she came to be a writer, as well as the relevance of the Japanese American internment to our contemporary society. The event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

FILM: Throw Away Your Books: The Films of Shuji Terayama / Cambridge, MA, New York and Rochester, NY

11/03/2017 - 12/27/2017

Shuji Terayama was a playwright, novelist, filmmaker and cultural agent provocateur who was one of the most influential and innovative figures in the post-WWII Japanese avant-garde. Created over the course of only 20 years, Terayama's body of work as a filmmaker comprises five theatrical features, as well as more than a dozen shorter pieces.  Subjects of his film include everything from relatively straightforward narratives, to phantasmagoric memory pieces and expanded cinema works that incorporate multiple projectors and even audience participation. This retrospective represents the most comprehensive survey of Terayama's work to occur in the U.S. in decades.  

In conjunction with this retrospective, the La MaMa Archives will be open on Friday, December 1, from 5 PM to 6 PM. The La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club was host to the U.S. premieres of Terayama's La Marie Vison in 1970 and Directions to Servants in 1980. Visitors may view production files, photos, and posters related to Terayama and his theater company. The La MaMa Archives is located at 66 East 4th Street (between Bowery and 2nd Avenue).

November 3 - 27: Harvard Film Archive (Cambridge, MA)
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November 20: Martin E. Segal Theatre Centre (New York, NY)
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November 21 - December 10: Anthology Film Archives (New York, NY)
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December 13 - 27: George Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY)
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This film series is co-presented by Harvard Film Archive, Anthology Film Archives, the George Eastman Museum, the National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and The Japan Foundation.

[Image: Pastoral Hide and Seek © 1974 Jinrikihikokisha ATG]

LECTURE: "Washoku: Japanese Gastro-Diplomacy and UNESCO" Talk by Dr. Theodore C. Bestor / Fredericksburg, VA


Dr. Theodore C. Bestor, Professor of Social Anthropology and Japanese Studies at Harvard University, will give a talk at the University of Mary Washington. This event is supported by the Institutional Project Support - Small (IPS Small) program, and is free and open to the public.
The lecture takes place on Monday, October 23, 4pm at the University of Mary Washington, Lee Hall, Room 411 (Fredericksburg, VA).

EXHIBITION: Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise / New York, NY

10/20/2017 - 01/07/2018

In celebration of Japan Society's 110th anniversary, this exhibition charts the story of four Japanese boys, who were swept up in the tide of religion, commerce and politics during the first Global Age to become Japan's first emissaries to the Western world. Journey in their footsteps through Hiroshi Sugimoto's new monumental photographs of the sites they visited, and navigate the flowering of cultural exchange between East and West with classical masterpieces of visually hybrid (nanban) art from Japanese and American collections. This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program. For more information, please click here

[Image: Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948), Staircase at Villa Farnese II, Caprarola, 2016. Gelatin silver print. © Hiroshi Sugimoto, courtesy of the Polo Museale del Lazio-Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Italian Tourism.]

PERFORMANCE: Japanese Connections: featuring Kazunori Kumagai and Yumi Kurosawa / Washington, DC


Tap dancer Kazunori Kumagai and koto player Yumi Kurosawa join forces to pay tribute to the connection forged between the Kennedy Center and the government and people of Japan who supported the original construction and opening of the Terrace Theater in 1979. For more information, please click here.
Left: Photo © Leslie Kee Right: Photo © GION

CULTURAL EVENT: AIZOME: Japanese Indigo Lecture-Demonstration / New York, NY


The Japan Foundation, New York and the Nippon Club are pleased to present a public lecture and demonstration on Aizome, or Japanese indigo dyeing. Indigo's history goes back more than 6,000 years. In this event, Sayaka Toyama, founder of art studio Curious Corners, will introduce the history of Aizome, and demonstrate shibori, a type of resist dyeing, as well as dyeing fabric with Yamato indigo. Participants will also have the rare opportunity to enjoy the experience of dyeing Japanese washi paper. The lecture will be held in English. This event is co-presented by the Japan Foundation, New York and the Nippon Club.  For further information and to RSVP, please click here.

PERFORMANCE: Dig Dance at 92Y Kazunori Kumagai: HEAR/HERE / New York, NY

10/13/2017 - 10/14/2017

Tap dancer, Kazu Kumagai, known for his "powerful athletic technique combined with a riveting clarity" (2016 Bessie Outstanding Performer Award) channels his exceptional rhythmic artistry into the intensity of HEAR/HERE. The program includes a live jazz quartet and guest tappers, including the legends, Ted Louis Levy and Brenda Bufalino (2016 Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement). This is Kazu's return to 92Y after a sell-out performance last season in our Fridays at Noon series. The performance is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture. For more information, please click here.  Photo © Maiko Miyagawa

PERFORMANCE: Left-Right-Left / New York, NY

10/13/2017 - 10/14/2017

Aesthetics of the past, present, East and West meld together in Italian director/choreographer Luca Veggetti's Left-Right-Left, which explores the point of intersection between Japan's 14th-century noh tradition and today's efforts in dance. With leading Japanese butoh and contemporary dancers, esteemed noh musicians and a child noh actor reciting text from noh plays Okina and Hagoromo, this production offers a lens into the microcosm of humanity. Performers include Akira Kasai, Megumi Nakamura, and Yukio Suzuki. Music direction is by Genjiro Okura and the performance will be in English. The event is supported by the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists. Photo © Terry Lin

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