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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]

PANEL DISCUSSION: "Teaching about Asia in the Digital Age" / San Francisco, CA


The Asian Art Museum and National Consortium for Teaching about Asia will introduce teachers to high quality, peer-reviewed, online resources to support teaching and learning about Asia in this session, which will be held during the Annual Conference for the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). A reception will follow. This event is supported by the Center for Global Partnership Grassroots Program. More information about the conference session can be found here and the reception here.

CULTURAL EVENTS: Ohayo Ohio II / Yellow Springs, OH

11/11/2017 - 11/12/2017

Ohayo Ohio II: A Japanese Symposium and Cultural Event features events on the Antioch College campus including "Kyogen and Butoh Wearing the Universe" by Antioch Alumni, and the screening of the short film "ORIZURU 2015" followed by a symposium and paper crane making afterwards. This event is supported by the Institutional Project Support - Small Grant Program. 

PANEL DISCUSSION: "Japan and the Leadership of the World Trading System" Abe Fellows Global Forum / New York, NY


Recent U.S. policy has shifted away from leadership positions in the global economy. These shifts are creating room for stronger regional ties and raise the question of which nation(s) will lead trade initiatives in Asia. This event is open to the public, and will be held in cooperation with Columbia University's Center on Japanese Economy and Business and the School for International and Public Affairs. The event is part of a new initiative of the Abe Fellowship Program, the Abe Fellows Global Forum organized by the CGP Grassroots Program and Social Science Research Council (SSRC). For further details, please click here.

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.

LECTURE: "Whaling, War, and Waging Peace: Three Stories of Philanthropy's Role in U.S.-Japan Relations" / Fredericksburg, VA


David P. Janes, Director of Foundation Grants and Assistant to the President of the U.S.-Japan Foundation, will give a talk titled "Whaling, War, and Waging Peace". This event is supported by the Institutional Project Support - Small (IPS Small) program, and is free and open to the public.

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)
For more Information, please click here.

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]

PANEL DISCUSSION: "Are Rural Communities Doomed?
Changemakers Say No!" Public Forum / New York, NY


The Japan Society and the Japan NPO Center will be hosting a public forum that will share the learning and insight gained from the exchange between U.S. and Japanese nonprofit leaders who strive to increase resilience and revitalization in their local communities. Currently, both U.S. and Japan similarly encounter the rising inequality across many sectors between urban and non-urban areas. Through this exchange the participants, will explore a "best practice" approach in revitalizing these local communities. These forums are under the support of the CGP Grassroots Program Grant. 

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).

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