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9000 Paper Balloons

Contemporary Puppet Theater

October 28, 2022
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9000 Paper Balloons

Friday October 28 7:30 pm local_bar
Saturday October 29 7:30 pm contact_support
Sunday October 30 3 pm

local_bar Followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception
contact_support Followed by an artist Q&A

Inspired by Imperial Japan’s stranger-than-fiction secret weapons that floated over America during World War II, 9000 Paper Balloons is a poetic and eerie performance that examines distance—the distance between two friends, between two enemies, two cultures and two generations. New York-based Japanese artist Maiko Kikuchi and American puppeteer Spencer Lott blend puppetry, animation and masks as they weave their own family histories into a surreal and visually stunning collage that speaks to the past and the future.

Tickets: $30 / $24 members

Maiko Kikuchi Spencer Lott
Maiko Kikuchi Spencer Lott

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Images: 9000 Paper Balloons © Courtesy of the artists; Maiko Kikuchi © Jared Thompson; Spencer Lott © Sub/urban Photography.

9000 Paper Balloons is supported by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, made possible through support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and from The Jim Henson Foundation. This work was commissioned and developed through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), 2017-2021, and premiered digitally in November 2021.

Association of Performing Arts ProfessionalsThe Jim Henson Foundation

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.