Performing Arts

2008-2009 Season

Whether melding new technologies with age-old performance techniques, marrying the classical with the ultra-modern, or weaving text into dance and the fabric of space itself, there is much to discover beyond boundaries. This year, Performing Arts celebrates the Japanese artists whose works have reached beyond conventional categorizations to define parameters on their own terms, offering unparalleled surprise as well as true artistry.


    • Gagaku Workshop for Composers

      Gagaku Workshop for Composers

      Wednesday, October 8, 2008
      This rare intensive workshop for music professionals and composers focuses on the three gagaku instruments made of bamboo—...
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    • Gagaku Salon Concert
      Special Event

      Gagaku Salon Concert

      Wednesday, October 8, 2008
      Wednesday, October 8, 2008
      Master musicians of gagaku perform on and discuss bamboo instruments from medieval Japan in an intimate salon setting:...
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    • An Evening with Conductor Alan Gilbert

      An Evening with Conductor Alan Gilbert

      Monday, October 27, 2008
      Conductor Alan Gilbert discusses his cultural and musical background, life and career as he prepares to make his Metropolitan...
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    • Inside the Mind of Basil Twist

      Inside the Mind of Basil Twist

      Tuesday, March 3, 2009
      With live demonstration / excerpt performances, spend an intimate evening with award-winning puppet artist Basil...
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    • Awaji Puppet Theater Company

      Awaji Puppet Theater Company

      Thursday, March 5, 2009
      Friday, March 6, 2009
      Saturday, March 7, 2009
      Saturday, March 7, 2009
      For the first time in 10 years, Awaji Puppet Theater Company, designated an Intangible Folk Asset by the Japanese government,...
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Major support for Japan Society 2008–09 Performing Arts Programs is provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund; The Starr Foundation; the New York City Depart­ment of Cultural Affairs; and the Endowment for the Performing Arts, established with leadership gifts from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Globus Family, Kyocera Corporation, The Starr Foundation, and Toyota Motor Corporation.

Additional support is provided by The Globus Family; Dr. John K. Gillespie; The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; Inc.; The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation; and the New York State Council on the Arts; a State agency.

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

Plasma display is provided by Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

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