Since the inception of the Performing Arts Program in 1953, Japan Society has introduced more than 600 of Japan’s finest performing arts to an extensive American audience. Programs range from the traditional arts of noh, kyogen, bunraku and kabuki to cutting-Edge Theater, dance and music. The Program also commissions new works to non-Japanese artists, produces national tours, organizes residency programs for American and Japanese artists and develops and distributes educational programs. "At once diverse and daring, the program stands toe to toe with some of the most comprehensive cultural exchange endeavors today.” --Back Stage.
The current Fall 2012/Spring 2013 Performing Arts Season launched this month with the music offering Kinya Sogawa: Shakuhachi Exploration, co-presented with and performed at Roulette. Japan Society’s tradition of presenting boundary-pushing original music events continues with performances by the avant-garde pop music explorer Oorutaichi (November) and one of New York City’s unrivaled contemporary music ensembles Bang on a Can All-Stars (December) premiering two Society-commissioned pieces inspired by traditional Japanese paintings in Rimpa Reimagined. This season also marks the return of Japan Society’s Contemporary Dance Showcase (January), with the 15th installment running in conjunction with The Association for Performing Arts Presenters’ (APAP) annual New York conference. In addition, the season features the innovative Robot/Android + Human Theater (February) and the Annual Play Reading Series: Contemporary Japanese Plays in English Translation with Strolling Invader by Tomohiro Maekawa (April), introducing audiences to topical theater from Japan.
Founded in 1907, Japan Society is a world-class, multidisciplinary hub for global leaders, artists, scholars, educators, and English and Japanese-speaking audiences. At the Society, more than 100 events each year feature sophisticated, topically relevant presentations of Japanese art and culture and open, critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the U.S., Japan and East Asia. An American nonprofit, nonpolitical organization, the Society cultivates a constructive, resonant and dynamic relationship between the people of the U.S. and Japan.
Tickets & Information:
Performances are Saturday, October 27* at 7:30pm and Sunday, October 28 at 5:30pm.
Tickets are $32 / $25 Japan Society members.
* followed by MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception
Tickets for performances and related events can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 212-715-1258 or in person at Japan Society (M-F 11:00am – 6:00pm and Sat-Sun 11:00am – 5:00pm). Japan Society is located at 333 East 47th Street, between First and Second Avenues (accessible by the 4/5/6 at 42nd Street-Grand Central Station or the E and V at Lexington Avenue and 53rd Street).
For more information, call 212-832-1155 or visit http://www.japansociety.org.