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PERFORMANCE: Four Nights of Dream / New York, NY

09/13/2017 - 09/16/2017

A frustrated samurai. An unwieldy herd of pigs. A mysterious murder. A woman's dying wish. Four surreal stories from Japanese author Natsume Soseki's Ten Nights of Dream come to life in Four Nights of Dream (2008), a contemporary chamber opera by Moto Osada, which traverses the subconscious through colorful melodies and piercing emotions. This new production, presented as part of Japan Society's 110th Anniversary season and co-produced with Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Japan, features New York vocalists and Tokyo instrumentalists performing together within a spellbinding and ever-morphing set.

Four Nights of Dream (2008) was originally commissioned by Vadstena-Akademien's Artistic Director Nils Spangenberg and premiered at Vadstena Castle in Sweden with support from the Japan Foundation. The new production of Four Nights of Dream is specially supported by the Japan Foundation, New York and will be presented at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Japan on September 30 and October 1.

PERFORMANCE: Direct Path To Detour, Single Focus / Portland, OR

09/08/2017 - 09/16/2017

As a third part of Direct Path to Detour trilogy by Portland-based choreographer Takahiro Yamamoto, Direct Path to Detour, Single Focus directs the viewers' focus onto a solo performer, Yamamoto himself. While the viewers are situated in a surround circular seating configuration along with live electronic sound design by sound artist sidony o’neal, the solo performer’s multiple approaches to physicality, fictionalized gaze, and choreographic timing dilate spaces in and out. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

The performance takes place on September 8, 7, 15 & 16, 6:30 - 7:30pm, at PICA at West End, 415 SW 10th Ave, Suite 300, Portland OR 97205.

[Photo: © Anke Schuettler]

PERFORMANCE: Suzuki Kyosuke Master Class / Minneapolis, MN

08/22/2017 - 08/23/2017

Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn about Edo Bayashi, the festival music of old Tokyo, from Suzuki Kyosuke, a master musician and dancer of the Wakayama Performance Troupe. Suzuki is an engaging and enthusiastic teacher, regarded by many as the "best shishi-mai (Japanese lion dance) dancer" of Tokyo. All events are open to the public. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This event takes place on August 22 and 23, 2017, from 6pm to 10pm, in Antonello Hall Stage at the MacPhail Center for Music, 501 South Second Street, Minneapolis, MN.

[Photo: Courtesy of the artist]

EXHIBITION: Ubiquitous: Enrico Isamu Ōyama / Manhattan, KS

08/15/2017 - 12/23/2017

Enrico Isamu Ōyama represents a contemporary generation with a distinctly global perspective. Child of an Italian father and a Japanese mother, Ōyama grew up in Tokyo, lived for extended periods in North Italy, and has been working in New York since 2011. Ubiquitous surveys how Ōyama channeled his interests in Tokyo and American street cultures, Western abstract art, and Japanese calligraphy to create Quick Turn Structure (QTS), his signature expression. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This exhibition takes place from August 15 through December 23, 2017 at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, 14th St & Anderson Ave., Manhattan, KS 66506.

[Image: Enrico Isamu Ōyama, FFIGURATI #89, detail, 2013-2014, acrylic-based aerosol, acrylic-based marker, latex paint, sumi ink on unstretched canvas, (H)2.11m x (W)5.67m, Collection of IAM Gallery, © Enrico Isamu Ōyama, Photo © Atelier Mole]

EXHIBITION: Yokohama Triennale 2017: Islands, Constellations & Galapagos / Yokohama, JAPAN

08/04/2017 - 11/05/2017

The Yokohama Triennale, one of the leading international exhibitions of contemporary art in Japan, will open its sixth edition on August 4, under the title "Islands, Constellations & Galapagos." This edition will examine the current state of the world through connectivity and isolation. Special cooperation is provided by The Japan Foundation.

The Triennale takes place at various venues throughout Yokohama, Japan from August 4 to November 5. For more information, please click here.

CULTURAL EVENT: Tanabata Japanese Star Festival and the performances of Tsukasa Taiko / Rockford, IL


Immerse yourself in this time-honored matsuri and make a wish, create traditional decorations, or put together a kite. Enjoy Japanese star stories and explore the night sky in the planetarium at the Tanabata Star Festival, which is held in conjunction with the exhibition Hello from Japan!, an interactive exhibit in which visitors enjoy learning about life in present day Japan. Tanabata Japanese Star Festival is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The Tanabata Japanese Star Festival takes place on July 28, 11am - 3:30pm. The exhibition
Hello from Japan! is on view through September 3 at Discovery Center Museum, 711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103.

FILM: New York Asian Film Festival 2017 / New York, NY

06/30/2017 - 07/15/2017

More than 15 Japanese feature films and 4 special guests from Japan will be presented at the 16th New York Asian Film Festival, which is North America's leading festival of popular Asian cinema. The lineup includes Japanese Girls Never Die (dir. Daigo Matsui, 2016), Close-Knit (dir. Naoko Ogigami, 2017) and The Long Excuse (dir. Miwa Nishikawa, 2016). This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The festival takes place from June 30 to July 15 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and SVA Theatre. For the complete lineup and more details, please visit NYAFF's website.

Performance: Tireless: A Tap Dance Experience Curated by Michelle Dorrance / Becket, MA

06/28/2017 - 07/02/2017

The Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival-exclusive engagement Tireless, curated and introduced by tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance, exhibits the endless talent, depth, and perseverance of the international tap community. This program features tap dancer and bassist couple Reona and Takashi Seo as part of a showcase performance by four star ensembles. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The performance takes place from June 28 to July 2 at Jacob's Pillow Dance, Ted Shawn Theatre, 358 George Carter Road, Becket, Massachusetts 01223.

[Photo: Reona Seo. Courtesy of the artist.]

Film: An Evening with Tatsuya Nakadai / Queens, NY


This special screening of The Age of Assassins once again welcomes the legendary actor Tatsuya Nakadai in person. Nakadai, returning to the Museum of the Moving Image for the fifth time, shares his memory of another longtime collaborator, director Kihachi Okamoto. This event is co-presented with the Museum of the Moving Image.

The event takes place on Sunday, June 25, 5pm at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY 11106.

[Image: The Age of Assassins © 1967 Toho Co., Ltd.]

EXHIBITION: Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonia / New York, NY

06/22/2017 - 08/26/2017

This exhibition presents the houses by Japanese American architect and Taliesin student Kaneji Domoto in Usonia, a small community in Westchester County which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that reflects his urbanistic principles. This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from June 22 through August 26 at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012.

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