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Eiko & Koma: "Raven" and "White Dance"

07/22/2010 - 07/23/2010

Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)

Japanese-born choreographer/dancers Eiko & Koma have created a unique theater of movement out of stillness, shape, light, sound, and time since 1972. They have collaborated with a wide range of artists but, for most of their works, Eiko & Koma create their own sets and costumes, choreographing on their own bodies.

The motifs of their most recent performance piece Raven (2010) originate from their 1991 work Land, made in collaboration with Native American musician Robert Mirabal, and Hunger (2008). Raven meditates on how land, though often assaulted by humans, perseveres while also remembering its past. Eiko & Koma will also share an excerpt from White Dance (1976), the first piece that they performed in the United States. Both Raven and White Dance were previewed at Wesleyan in the fall of 2009, when Eiko & Koma launched their Retrospective Project at the CFA’s Zilkha Gallery. For more information about the Retrospective Project (2009-2012), please visit www.eikoandkoma.org.

¡ÈSamurais and Kimonos: Japanese Culture¡É Summer Camp

07/05/2010 - 07/09/2010, 07/12/2010 - 07/16/2010, 07/19/2010 - 07/23/2010

Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)

The Museum of Anthropology is thrilled to announce that summer camp this year will be co-taught by Ms. Mako Aoki from Tokyo, Japan. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about ancient traditions but also experience modern Japanese culture from someone who knows. Through games, art, music, food, and other fun activities campers will discover the many different aspects of Japanese culture.

"Eiko & Koma: A Retrospective" at American Dance Festival

06/28/2010 - 06/29/2010

Duke University (Durham, NC)

For more than thirty years, Eiko & Koma have been performing internationally their own "delicious movement." From site-adaptable performances in parks, gardens, and moving water to installations at theaters, universities, and museums, these passionate artists have created work that resonates with audiences from all walks of life. This season, the duo will present a retrospective of their most timeless dances, including "Raven" from 2009, "Night Tide" (1984), and "White Dance," Eiko & Koma's 1976 American debut. 

The New York Asian Film Festival

06/25/2010 - 07/08/2010

Film Society of Lincoln Center, Japan Society & IFC Center (NY, NY)

Launched in 2002, Subway Cinema's New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) is America's leading and most influential showcase for popular Asian cinema. Each year, the Festival selects over 40 feature films, considering only the best, the strangest, and the most entertaining of the recent titles.

To date, the Festival presented over 170 films from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, including the works of Park Chan-wook, Patrick Tam, Takashi Miike, Andrew Lau, Feng Xiaogang, Kim Jee-woon, Lee Myung-se, Suzuki Seijun, Johnnie To, Sion Sono, Shinya Tsukamoto, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Kim Ki-duk, Ryu Seung-wan, Xiao Jiang, Shunji Iwai, and many others.

"Do Enka East Meets West" Music Collaboration


Museum of the City of New York (NY, NY)

Thelonius Monk, Jr., renowned jazz drummer, composer, music educator, and Chairman of the Monk Institute, will join Japanese guitarist/music producer/song writer Yuchiro Oda for a musical collaboration featuring Do Enka—a fusion of jazz, blues, and spoken word developed in Japan in the early 1900s. Produced by the New Heritage Theatre Group and OPI/Gaia Media in association with Community Works and the Harlem Arts Alliance. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Samurai in New York: The First Japanese Delegation, 1860."

Samurai in New York: The First Japanese Delegation, 1860

06/25/2010 - 10/11/2010

Museum of the City of New York 

Samurai in New York invites visitors to return to the New York of 150 years ago and to share the city’s excitement over the visit of a delegation of more than 70 samurai from Japan—the first Japanese to leave the closed island nation in over 200 years. The brash young city seized the opportunity to promote itself as the “Edo (modern day Tokyo) of the West” with a two-week whirlwind of parades and balls and moment-to-moment newspaper coverage of the delegation’s visit.

The Environmental Law Institute: ¡ÈStrengthening Post-Conflict Security and Diplomacy: Integrating Natural Resource Management and Infrastructure Re-
development into US and Japanese Peacebuilding Initiatives¡É

06/24/2010 - 06/25/2010

Tokyo University (Tokyo, NY)

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) 2008 grantee, the Environmental Law Institute, will host a two day meeting and symposium in Tokyo, Japan as part of their ongoing project, “Strengthening Post-Conflict Security and Diplomacy: Integrating Natural Resource Management and Infrastructure Redevelopment into US and Japanese Peacebuilding Initiatives.” The goal of the project is to support a US-Japanese dialogue to determine ways in which effective Post-Conflict Natural Resource Management (PCNRM) and infrastructure development can improve peace building in post-conflict countries in Asia and the Pacific.

Jeff Shapiro and Norika Maeda: "Markings: Clay and Ink from the Japanese Tradition"


The Woodstock Arts Consortium (Woodstock, NY)

Opening Reception for exhibit, "MARKINGS: Clay and Ink from the Japanese Tradition," a collaboration between calligrapher Noriko Maeda & ceramic artist Jeff Shapiro.

The First Japanese Mission's Visit to New York


Setting the stage for the upcoming exhibition, Samurai in New York (opening June 25), Professor Naoyuki Agawa, Vice President, Keio University, discusses the significance of the first Japanese delegation to the United States, with a focus on its two-week visit to New York.

Peace Shadow Summit

05/27/2010 - 06/19/2010

The Kitchen Gallery (NY, NY)

The Peace Shadow Summit is a hopeful and interactive art project that spreads the message of global peace. The project encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to express their faith that there can be a world without nuclear weapons. This project was invited for the UnderCurrents exhibition organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Studies Program curatorial team. It will be the first time for this work to be shown in the United States, and it is timed to coincide with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty meetings that will take place in New York City in May 2010.

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