Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia

January 14, 2022 - January 15, 2022

Friday, January 14 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 15 at 7:30 pm

One of New York City’s most anticipated contemporary dance events kicks off 2022 with its return. Now in its 19th installment, the Contemporary Dance Festival (formerly known as the Contemporary Dance Showcase) from Japan and East Asia includes: from Japan, butoh artists Kentaro Kujirai and Barabbas Okuyama embodying the philosophy of yin and yang in their haunting duet entitled A HUM SAN SUI; from Taiwan, mathematician-turned-choreographer Hao Cheng uses the stage as his chalkboard in a solo that explores quantum physics through repetitive circular motion; and duo Choi x Kang Project from Korea, who twitch and jerk like windup toys to the sound of a ticking clock in their comical and technically-daring piece Complement.

On both nights, ticket holders and the general public are invited to arrive by 6:45pm to watch a special 30-minute solo performance in the Society’s lobby titled FreeSteps – NiNi, choreographed by Wei-Chia Su,the founder of one of Taiwan’s most-celebrated dance companies HORSE. Capacity is limited to approximately 100 people for this pre-performance show.

In an update to the program, please note that the piece A HUM SAN SUI will be presented as a pre-recorded video, as due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the artists are unable to travel to New York as previously announced.

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For the health and safety of our staff and visitors, we kindly ask that you:

  • - Wear a KN95 or N95 mask that covers your nose and mouth at all times. KN95 masks will be provided upon request if you do not have one.

  • - Bring proof of vaccination and photo ID with you. We strongly encourage all attendees to get a booster shot as well, if eligible.

Attendance is limited to 40% capacity to allow attendees to maintain space between parties. Please note, however, that 6-foot distancing will not be possible. For more information, please review our Visitor Policies and Safety Protocols.

Tickets: $30/$25 members

For industry tickets for APAP and ISPA attendees, please reach out to Japan Society’s Performing Arts Program Officer & Contents Strategist, Amanda Waddell, at

Images, from left-to-right: Complement © Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, Choi Min-sun and Kang Jin-an; A HUM SAN SUI © bozzo; Touchdown © Hsin-Che Lee.

Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia is supported, in part, by Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), the Taipei Cultural Center in New York and The Harkness Foundation for Dance. Complement is made in collaboration with Korea Dance Abroad.

Tokyo Arts Council              Harkness Foundation      

2021-2022 Performing Arts Season

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.


Major support is generously provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and Doug and Teresa Peterson, with endowment support from 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

Additional support is provided by the Royal Little Family Foundation, Helen and Kenneth A. Cowin, 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, Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Michiko Levine, Marjorie Neuwirth, 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.