Performing Arts

2019-2020 Season

On May 1, 2019, Emperor Naruhito ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne and ushered in a new imperial era named Reiwa. This fall, Japan Society’s 2019-20 Performing Arts Season starts by celebrating this momentous occasion with ancient court music, Shinto-based folktales and a modern noh play as part of our Emperor Series. The second half of our season features contemporary theater and dance as we look forward to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. This season showcases both thousand-year-old pieces and contemporary premieres by some of Japan’s leading artists, connecting past, present and future through live performance.




2019-2020 Performing Arts Season Funding

Lead Sponsor:

Corporate Partner:

ORIX Stewardship Foundation

Major Support: The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Doug and Teresa Peterson, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.


Additional Support: Dean Jeanette C. Takamura, Mr. Alan M. Suhonen, Hiroko Onoyama, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Michael Romano, Mr. Norton Belknap, Dr. John K. Gillespie, Paula S. Lawrence, Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Michiko Levine, Susan M. McCormac, and Pamela Perlman.

Endowment: 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.

In-kind Support: Transportation assistance is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

Yamaha is the official piano provider of Japan Society.

MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception support is provided by MetLife Foundation.

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