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Performance: Dairakudakan and Rural Virginia: Creating a Global Relationship Through Butoh / Lexington, VA


Daiichiro Yuyama, a senior member of Dairakudakan, has been invited to the Community Dance Connection Theatre to teach the members about Butoh and create a new site-specific piece which will be presented to the public. This project is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Performance: Sankai Juku - UMUSUNA / Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; Davis, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Ann Arbor, MI; Brooklyn, NY; Ottawa, Canada; Chapel Hill, NC; Blacksburg, VA

10/01/2015 - 11/09/2015

Over the course of the past 35 years, the work of Ushio Amagatsu for his Butoh troupe Sankai Juku has become known worldwide for its elegance, refinement, technical precision and emotional depth. Sankai Juku returns to North America with its latest creation Umusuna - Memories Before History. This exquisite new work evokes the essence of duality and unity encapsulated in the Japanese characters for "birth" and "earth" that combine to form the work's title.

Tour Schedule
October 1-3: Meany Hall, University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
October 8-10: YBCA Theater (San Francisco, CA)
October 13:  Mondavi Center, UC Davis (Davis, CA)
October 16&17: Royce Hall, UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)
October 23-24: University Musical Society (Ann Arbor, MI)
October 28-31: Brooklyn Academy of Music (Brooklyn, NY)
November 3: National Arts Centre (Ottawa, CANADA)
November 6: Carolina Performing Arts (Chapel Hill, NC)
November 9: Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA)

This tour is supported by The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

[Photo: Courtesy of Sankai Juku]

Cultural Event: Cheekwood Moon Viewing / Nashville, TN


A moonlit evening in the fall gardens at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art that will feature a Japanese traditional tea ceremony demonstration, interactive activities, and lantern-lit tours celebrating Japanese art and gardens. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Exhibition: Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi / New Orleans, LA

09/25/2015 - 01/10/2016

This exhibition features work by the Japanese artist Bidou Yamaguchi (b. 1970). Trained to make reproductions of historic Japanese Noh masks, the artist has, since 2003, radicalized this traditional idea and practice. YamaguchiĄĮs masks apply the forms, techniques, transformative spirit, and mysterious elegance of Noh masks to iconic female portraits from the European art historical canon, as well as to Kabuki actor prints by Sharaku, JapanĄĮs enigmatic eighteenth century portrait master. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture. Image: Onayo, 2013, Bidou Yamaguchi Japanese cypress, seashell, natural pigment, lacquer 8.35 x 5.04 x 3.54 inches Courtesy of the artist, Photo by Suemasa Mareo © Bidou Yamaguchi

Performance: Yasuko Yokoshi ZERO ONE / New York, NY

09/24/2015 - 09/26/2015

Yasuko Yokoshi returns to Danspace Project as both choreographer and filmmaker for her newest project ZERO ONE. Exploring the duality and the ephemerality of performance as metaphor for the transience of existence, ZERO ONE features dancers Manami and Sawami Fukuoka: identical twin sisters with divergent dance backgrounds. Behind the live dancing, the iconoclastic artists Hangman Takuzo, Namiko Kawamura, and Mika Kurosawa appear on screen. This event is supported by Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists.

[Photo: Takehiro Fukuoka]

Cultural Event: JapanFest Atlanta 2015 / Duluth, GA

09/19/2015 - 09/20/2015

With annual crowds exceeding 19,000, JapanFest marks its 29th year as the largest Japanese cultural festival in the Southeast. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda "ke i te ki" American Tour in Texas / Cornudas, Houston, TX

09/19/2015, 09/22/2015, 09/23/2015

As a part of a landmark American five-city tour, The Nameless Sound presents a collaboration between Kyoto-based Akio Suzuki and NY-based Aki Onda. Two public concerts and one interactive performative workshop will take place in Texas. This performance is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Goran Vejvoda]

Film: Japanese Anime Series /Atlanta, GA

09/15/2015 - 12/02/2015

This Japanese Anime series at Emory University aims to present an historical perspective on anime as well as a survey of its important genres, themes and artists. On Monday, Nov 9th, Dr. Alexander Zahlten at Harvard University will speak about Mamoru Oshii's film The Sky Crawlers. All screenings are at 7:30pm in 208 White Hall at Emory University. This series is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: The Sky Crawlers, 2008 ]

Performance: Tsunami /Miami, FL

09/12/2015 - 10/03/2015

Tsunami is a poignant docudrama that introduces the resilient people behind the front-page horrors of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster. These transformative stories, presented by a variety of actors from different cultures, portray unforgettable tales of survival, magic, and a heightened reverence for life. This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Film: Archival Impulse: Collecting and Archiving Moving Image in Asia / New York, NY


Co-organized by Asia Art Archive in America, Collaborative Cataloging Japan and MoMA C-MAP, the proposed program at MoMA brings together archiving initiatives that have emerged in recent years across Asia (including Japan, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Afghanistan), presenting an exciting opportunity to discuss archival methods, philosophies, and challenges to archiving moving image and time-based media works. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

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