Online Panel Discussion

Japan x Taiwan: Choreographers Respond to COVID-19

Japan x Taiwan: Choreographers Respond to COVID-19

Wednesday, April 28, 8 PM


Barabbas Okuyama; Kentaro Kujirai © Eleonera Cerri Pecorella; Hao Cheng; Wei-Chia Su; Kou-Wei Lu

Online Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 28 at 8 PM EDT   Calculate your local time

In cooperation with Taipei Cultural Center in New York, the Society presents an online roundtable discussion between rising Japanese butoh artists Kentaro Kujirai and Barabbas Okuyama and Taiwanese contemporary dance choreographers Hao Cheng and Wei-Chia Su as the culmination of a seven-month virtual artist exchange. These four emerging choreographers, originally slated to perform in Japan Society’s biennial Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia, have come together to explore new avenues of dance-making without sharing a physical space. Since September 2020, the choreographers and their respective dance company members met once a month virtually to conduct joint workshops. In this pre-recorded roundtable, the choreographers discuss how COVID-19 has not only impacted how they present and conceive of their work, but also how it has provided the impetus for viable online exchange with artists around the world.

To offer audiences an inside look, short video diaries filmed in each of these monthly artist workshops will be available for viewing one week prior to the roundtable discussion, starting on April 21. Before the premiere presentation of the roundtable discussion, viewers are invited to watch these 5-7 minute video diaries to further explore and engage with this bilingual (Japanese and Mandarin) discussion and to provide a model for other organizations interested in facilitating their own international online exchange.

Program runs approximately 40 minutes, with English subtitles.

This event is free with advance registration. Pay What You Wish options are also available to support our innovative programs.

Japan X Taiwan: Choreographers Respond to COVID-19 is supported in part by the Taipei Cultural Center in New York and The Harkness Foundation for Dance.

2020-2021 Performing Arts Season

Lead Sponsor Corporate Partner
MetLife ORIX
  ORIX Stewardship 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 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Major Support is generously provided by Doug and Teresa Peterson and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc, 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.

Additional support is provided by Dean Jeanette C. Takamura, Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Mr. Alan M. Suhonen‡, The Royal Little Family Foundation, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Michiko Levine, Marjorie Neuwirth, Hiroko Onoyama, Lyndley and Samuel Schwab, and Nancy and Joe Walker.

Transportation assistance is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

† In memoriam.

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