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Alliances in Art Making:

Alliances in Art Making:

New Performances Spotlight the Power of Collaboration

We’re proud to introduce another exceptional performing arts season, filled with works borne out of an amalgamation of Japanese and American imaginations. From a new opera unraveling the death of one of Japan’s most prolific authors to experimental butoh dance, contemporary puppetry and more—the works delve beyond the surface of history and literature, dancing between fact and fiction to uncover new forms of truth and storytelling. Browse the full season lineup below!

Save 20% or more on performances, talks and workshops by becoming a member today.

Alliances in Art Making:

New Performances Spotlight the Power of Collaboration

We’re proud to introduce another exceptional performing arts season, filled with works borne out of an amalgamation of Japanese and American imaginations. From a new opera unraveling the death of one of Japan’s most prolific authors to experimental butoh dance, contemporary puppetry and more—the works delve beyond the surface of history and literature, dancing between fact and fiction to uncover new forms of truth and storytelling. Browse the full season lineup below!

Save 20% or more on performances, talks and workshops by becoming a member today.
Save 20% or more on performances, talks and workshops by becoming a member today.

2022-23 Season Programs

Yukio Mishima's Hanjo​

Wednesday, September 14, 6:30 pm

Conductor Neal Goren and director Luca Veggetti reveal the challenges in developing their production for this haunting opera, composed by Toshio Hosokawa, based on one of Yukio Mishima‘s Modern Noh Plays.

9000 Paper Balloons

Friday, October 28–Sunday, October 30

Artists Maiko Kikuchi and Spencer Lott blend puppetry and animation in this surreal and visually stunning performance inspired by stranger-than-fiction secret weapons in World War II.

Behind-the-scenes of My Neighbour Totoro

Thursday, November 10, 6:30 pm

Puppet artist extraordinaire Basil Twist examines his creative role in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s upcoming staging of the beloved Studio Ghibli classic.

Kotei (The Emperor) & Makura Jido (Chrysanthemum Boy)

Thursday, December–Saturday, December 3

Members from the Kita Noh School, including Living National Treasure Akiyo Tomoeda, perform two works from noh theater’s classical repertoire.

note to a friend

Thursday, January 12–Sunday, January 15

In response to Japan Society’s commission for a new chamber opera, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang reimagined three texts by iconic novelist Ryunosuke Akutagawa. Stage direction by Yoshi Oida.

AKUTAGAWA

Thursday, February 23–Saturday, February 25

An international collaboration between puppeteers Koryu Nishikawa V and Tom Lee, with live music by Yukio Tsuji, this stage portrait of the prolific Japanese author spans five of Akutagawa’s famous short stories.

I’m Trying to Understand You, But…

Monday, March 13, 7:30 pm

NYC-based director NJ Agwuna, winner of the 2022 Barbara Whitman Award, tackles Yuri Yamada’s timely play centered on a dicey conversation between a young couple.

Extinction Rituals

Friday, June 9–Saturday, June 10

Directed by Brooklyn-based duo Ximena Garnica & Shige Moriya, this experimental butoh piece meditates on the life and loss of animals and plants through poetic vignettes of movement, light, music and song.

Workshops

Noh Movement Workshop

Saturday, December 3, 11 am

Learn the basic movements used in one of Japan’s oldest formalized theatrical traditions with members of the illustrious Kita Noh School.

Kuruma Ningyo Puppetry Masterclass

Friday, February 24, 11 am

Learn about the unique mechanics of kuruma ningyo in this special workshop for experienced puppeteers, led by Koryu Nishikawa V.

Family Workshop on Kuruma Ningyo Puppetry

Saturday, February 25, 10:30 am

Koryu Nishikawa V, grand master of Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Puppet Theater, invites families to a special performance and hands-on workshop on Japanese puppet theater.

2022-23 Performing Arts Season Support

Lead Sponsor

MetLife Foundation

The season is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural AffairsNew York State Council on the Arts

Major support is generously provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and Doug and Teresa Peterson. Endowment support is provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund and the Endowment for the Performing Arts, established with a leadership gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Howard Gilman Foundation

Additional support is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Dr. Jeanette C. Takamura, Estate of Alan M. Suhonen, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Nancy and Joe Walker, Dr. John K. Gillespie, Paula S. Lawrence, Hiroko Onoyama, Lyndley and Samuel Schwab, and Nora and David Tezanos.

Transportation assistance is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. Yamaha is the official piano provider of Japan Society. MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception is provided by MetLife Foundation.

All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.