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 Post subject: Japan Society 2006-2007 Dance Highights
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** Including Special 2007 Centennial Programming **

New York, NY - With some of the most audacious contemporary and
traditional performing arts coming from and inspired by Japan, Japan
Society announces its 2006-2007 Performing Arts season with special 2007
centennial programming. Beginning in September 2006, dance highlights
include: YUBIWA Hotel's CANDIES: girlish hardcore, a vivid exploration
of the darker side of girlhood and femininity; the 10th Annual Japanese
Contemporary Dance Showcase, presented for the first time by The Joyce
Theater in an unprecedented 8 performances; and in February 2007, the
Performing Arts Program kicks off Japan Society's Centennial celebration
with a world premiere commissioned production from Big Dance Theater
followed by an entire spring/summer season entitled "Noh~NOW!",
showcasing a wide range of noh theater from dance interpretations and
high-tech incarnations and traditional outdoor "bonfire" performances.


** Dates, times, and ticket prices may be subject to change; please
confirm all listings details. **


YUBIWA Hotel in CANDIES: girlish hardcore

September 14--16, Thur-Sat at 7:30 pm

>From costume-play fetishism and Lolita complexes to obsessions with
school girls, women occupy an almost obsessive focus within Japanese
culture-objectified, dressed up, and worshipped. Lifting the sugary
frills and lace to expose that which can be erotic, grotesque and
violent, this ground-breaking performance company offers an extreme
journey through the vivid wasteland of girlhood. Led by director
Shirotama Hitsujiya (recognized in June 2006 as one of "The World's 100
Most Influential Japanese Women" by Newsweek Japan), the work of YUBIWA
Hotel is characterized by a relentless attempt to re-imagine and
represent the issues of contemporary womanhood in Japan through a
spectacle of interwoven dance, text, mask and lush costumes. This
production, which had its world premiere in the U.K. in early 2006, is
its North American debut. "YUBIWA Hotel is not just for the eyes-it
stimulates all five senses." - Mainichi Newspaper. Tickets: $28/$22
Japan Society members.

10th Annual Japanese Contemporary Dance Showcase

Presented by The Joyce Theater in association with Japan Society

January 16--21, Tues--Sun (see schedule below)

For the last nine years Japan Society has presented its annual showcase
introducing the most cutting-edge, emerging dance companies to audiences
in New York. To celebrate its 10th year, the showcase takes over one of
New York's most prominent dance venues, The Joyce Theater, and features
the cream of the crop in contemporary dance, including acclaimed
genre-bending Pappa Tarahumara led by visionary director Hiroshi Koike;
Kim Itoh and the Glorious Future, leader in the next generation of
post-butoh and postmodern dance; the dissociative multimedia collages of
Leni Basso, led by choreographer/dancer Akiko Kitamura, named one of the
"top 50 choreographers in the world" by Dance Magazine; and the pure
physical aestheticism of Noism07, led by choreographer Jo Kanamori.
"Modern dance from Japan is much among us these days, ubiquitous and
mysterious... Japan Society in particular has served as an invaluable
showcase for new Japanese dance in New York." - John Rockwell, The New
York Times

Program A: Tues & Wed at 7:30 pm, Sat at 2 pm & 8 pm with Noism 07
(Nina) and Kim Itoh and the Glorious Future (Dead and Alive: Body on the
Borderline). Program B: Thur & Fri at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm & 7:30 pm with
Leni Basso (Finks) and Pappa Tarahumara (Three Sisters).

Performances will be held at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at
19th Street. Tickets, which go on sale in September are $30/$23 Japan
Society & The Joyce members. Contact The Joyce Theater box office: (212)
242-0800 or
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In 2007-2008 Japan Society joins a venerable shortlist of American
organizations when it celebrates its 100th Anniversary. The Performing
Arts Program kicks off over a year of special programming and events
with a world premiere production commissioned from Big Dance Theater.
The celebration continues with the spring/early summer season theme
"Noh~Now!", exploring the resonance of the 600-year-old art form on both
the East and West with a wide range of diverse programs from traditional
noh classics to contemporary works inspired by noh.

Big Dance Theater: The Other Here (World Premiere Japan Society

February 7-10, 2007

The Bessie and Obie-winning company, led by choreographer Annie-B Parson
and director Paul Lazar, weaves an ineffable journey through the
ethereal stories of Masuiji Ibuse, juxtaposing Okinawan dance and music
with decidedly American found texts.

Takeshi Kawamura's Aoi/Komachi

March 22-24, 2007

Avant-garde theater auteur and highly acclaimed director/playwright
Takeshi Kawamura directs two of his shocking interpretations of classic
15th-century noh plays by Ze'ami, starring former Takarazuka idol Rei
Asami and legendary butoh artist Akira Kasai. The Japan Society-produced
tour will travel to Boston, MA; Washington, DC; and Hanover, NH.

Benjamin Britten's Curlew River

April 12-14, 2007

Written by one of the word's most beloved 20th century composers, this
opera, based on the classic noh play Sumidagawa, is directed by
internationally acclaimed Yoshi Oida with musical director David Stern.
A production of Rouen/Haute-Normandie Opera, Normandy, France.

Yukio Mishima's Modern Noh Plays

May 2007 (dates tba)

In adapting the seminal works of noh classics to modern contexts in the
1960s, Yukio Mishima radically reversed both their tone and their
process. New York-based artists will stage readings and
works-in-progress of these revolutionary plays.

Koosil-Ja Hwang's mech[A] OUTPUT

May 31 - June 2, 2007

Renowned New York-based experimental
choreographer/performance-technology artist, Koosil-Ja Hwang, presents a
unique multi-media dance-performance with live 3-D video seamlessly
incorporating traditional noh musical and choreographic elements of the
classic noh play Dojoji.

Noh & Kyogen in the Park

July 18 - 22, 2007

An very rare opportunity to experience the tradition of noh and kyogen
in the outdoor takigi noh (bonfire noh) style. Featured performers
include leading noh artist Umewaka Rokuro and Kanze Tetsunojo with
members of Tessen-kai, and renowned kyogen master and film/TV star
Mansai Nomura and his seven-year-old son.

Fall 2007 Centennial Highlights

Performing Arts rounds out its centennial programming with "Turning
Japanese", a city-wide observance of Japan Society's 100th Anniversary
by some of the city's most prestigious performing arts venues
(throughout Fall 2007); the Butoh Celebration of Kazuo Ohno's 101st
Birthday in conjunction with the 3rd CAVE New York Butoh Festival
(October); an encore New York presentation and subsequent international
tour of Basil Twist's Bessie Award-winning Dogugaeshi (November); and
the first ever restaging of Harry Partch's 1969 masterwork Delusion of
the Fury (December). All dates are subject to change; more details to

FALL 2006 RELATED Season Theme

Japan Society's Fall 2006 season theme "Girl, Girly, Girlish" explores
the cultural phenomena and images of girlhood and femininity in
contemporary Japan. Along with YUBIWA Hotel's dance offering CANDIES:
girlish hardcore, include:

Ai Nagai's The Three Hagi Sisters

A Japanese adaptation of Chekhov's The Three Sisters by one of the most
prominent and beloved female playwrights in Japan today. New York-based
artist Cynthia Croot directs a cast of American actors from an English
translation by Loren Edelson--followed by a Q & A and discussion about
the process of cultural translation with the artists and playwright.
(November 13, Mon at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $10/$8 Japan Society members.)

John Zorn's New Voices from Japan II: Power of the New Japanese Woman

John Zorn presents the most cutting-edge female artists in the Japanese
new music scene. Friday, December 8 features punk-noise-influenced
guitar-drum duo Afrirampo and the color-coded pop-punk-rock trio ni-hao.
Saturday, December 9 showcases former members of the now-defunct
trailblazing band Cibo Matto Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori performing with
their new bands (collaborators include Sean Lennon, Timo Ellis, Petra
Haden & Harper Simon). (December 8 & 9, Fri & Sat at 7:30 pm. Tickets
$28/$20 Japan Society members; 2-day pass $40/$32 Japan Society

Lolita in Full Bloom: 1980s Irresistible Heroines

November 10--19, 2006

Japan Society's film Series Lolita in Full Bloom: 1980s Irresistible
Heroines features smash-hit films starring Japanese pop stars known as
"idols". Major studios produced a large number of "idol" films, in which
the heroines were sassy, spunky and innocently sexy teenagers. Rarely
before seen in the United States, these legendary films capture the
shiniest moments of their adolescence. (November 10-19, 2006. Tickets: 5
tickets for the price of 4 FILM PASS $40/$24 Japan Society members,
students & seniors; single tickets are $10/$6.)

Related Dance Workshop Series

Akira Kasai: Butoh Workshop & Audition

Nov 12, 14 & 15; Sun, Nov 12, 10 am--2 pm, and Tue & Thur, Nov 14 & 16,
5--9 pm

One of the founders of the butoh movement, legendary performer Akira
Kasai returns to Japan Society for a three-day workshop on his unique
style of dance incorporating butoh, improvisation, and eurhythmy.
Participants will be under consideration for Kasai's new choreographic
work, to be premiered in October of 2007 as part of Kazuo Ohno's 101st
Birthday Butoh Celebration at Japan Society in conjunction with the 3rd
New York Butoh Festival. Max 20 people. Workshop/Audition participants
may be selected through resume submission. E-mail resumes to by September 29, 2006. Japan Society
will notify participants of acceptance by October 20, 2006. Payment will
be due upon registration. Cost for all 3 sessions $200/$170 Japan
Society members

About Japan Society's Performing Arts Program

Since the inception of the Performing Arts Program in 1953, Japan
Society has introduced more than 500 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; 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" (Leonard Jacobs, Back

About Japan Society

Founded in 1907 by prominent New York City business people and
philanthropists, Japan Society has evolved over nearly 100 years into an
internationally recognized nonprofit organization presenting a full
range of programs within arts and culture, business, education, family
and public policy. Through over 100 events annually, the Society creates
rich encounters and exchanges that offer opportunities to experience
Japanese culture; foster sustained and open dialogue on issues important
to the U.S., Japan, and East Asia; and improve access to information on

Japan Society 2006--07 Performing Arts Programs are made possible in
part by The Starr Foundation; the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment
Fund; the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; the Endowment for the
Performing Arts; Asahi Beer Arts Foundation; and The Fan Fox and Leslie
R. Samuels Foundation, Inc. Programs also made possible with public
funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.
Transportation supported, in part, by ANA, All Nippon Airways. Plasma
Display provided by Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

Performances of YUBIWA Hotel's CANDIES: girlish hardcore are supported
by The Saison Foundation for Japan Society's Japanese Theater NOW
initiative and the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan; the Rakugo:
Traditional Japanese Comedy three-city tour is supported by the Agency
for Cultural Affairs, Japan; the Play Reading Series is supported, in
part, by the Kinokuniya Bookstore; Tzadik Label Music Series is
supported by The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York
Sate Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and The
Globus Family Charitable Trust; the Japanese Contemporary Dance Showcase
is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan; Lolita in Full
Bloom: 1980s Irresistible Heroines has been made possible through the
generous support of The Globus Family.


Location: 333 East 47th Street, between First & Second Avenues

Trains: 4/5/6 at 42nd St.; E & V at 53rd St.-Lexington Ave.)

Box Office: (212) 752-3015, Monday - Friday from 10 AM - 4:45 PM

Information: (212) 832 -1155;

For further information, interviews, and images, please refer to the
following contacts:

Bridget Klapinski/Jen Cipolla
Shannon Jowett

The Karpel Group
Japan Society

T: (212) 505-2900
T: (212) 715-1205

F: (212) 505-2950
F: (212) 715-1262

E: or

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Sept. 14-16, 2006 YUBIWA Hotel -
7:30 $28


Oct. 5-7, 2006 Tokyo Vaudeville Show Theater
Company: 7:30

THEATER Ryoma's Wife, Her New Husband, and
Her Lover

Nov. 2-4, 2006 Rakugo: Traditional Japanese Comedy
11/2,3 7:30 $35

11/4 2:00

Nov 13, 2006 Play Reading Series:
7:30 $10

THEATER The Three Hagi Sisters

Dec 8 & 9, 2006 Tzadik Music Label Series
7:30 $28 (1 day)

MUSIC New Voices From Japan II:
$40 (2 day)

Power of the New
Japanese Woman

Jan 16-21, 2007 10th Annual Japanese Contemporary
1/16,17,21 7:30 $30

DANCE Dance Showcase at The Joyce
Theater 1/18,19,20 8:00

1/20,21 2:00

February 7-10, 2007 Big Dance Theater:
tba tba

DANCE/THEATER The Other Here (Japan Society Commission
World Premiere)

March 22-24, 2007 Takeshi Kawamura's Aoi/Komachi
tba tba


April 12-14, 2007 Benjamin Britten's Curlew River
tba tba


May 2007 Yukio Michima's Modern Noh Plays -
tba tba

THEATER New Approaches

May 31 - June 2, 2007 Koosil-Ja Hwang's mech[A] OUTPUT
tba tba


July 18-22, 2007 Noh & Kyogen in the Park
tba tba



Oct 25-28, 2006 Acting Intensive with Yoshi Oida
10/25-27: 6-10 $325 (3 day)

10/28: 1-5

Nov 12, 14 & 15, 2006 Akira Kasai: Butoh Workshop & Audition
11/12: 10 am-2 pm $200 (3 day)

11/14,16: 5-9 pm

PRESS PLEASE NOTE: Titles, dates, times and ticket prices are subject to

Please confirm all listings information with Japan Society Press Office
at (212) 715-1205.

* Reduced ticket prices are available through the Japan Society
Membership program. For more information, visit


Shannon Jowett, Acting Director of Communications

(p) 212-715-1205 (f) 212-715-1262 (e)
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