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2006.11.24
 
The Japan Foundation Overseas Programs around the World (from Nov. 2006)
 The Japan Foundation will sponsor the following performance programs beginning from November 2006.
+Rakugo in Pakistan: Tickle Yourself with Traditional Japanese Humor
The performances of rakugo in English in Pakistan. In cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in Pakistan and the Consulate-General of Japan in Karachi, the Japan Foundation will dispatch rakugo performers Kakushow Shofukutei, Asakichi Katsura, and emcee and producer Kimie Oshima.
Date: November 21, 2006
Venue: Arts Council Theater, Karachi
Date: November 23 and 24, 2006
Venue: Islamabad Club, Islamabad
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/culture/news/0611/11_02.html
+Tsugaru Shamisen and Wadaiko Concert in Ukraine and Lithuania
The traditional Japanese music ensemble consisting of the Tsugaru shamisen, wadaiko drums, and shakuhachi flute will tour to the cities in Ukraine and Lithuania.
In Ukraine, their performance will be the final event of the festival “The Japan Month in Ukraine”, which has begun in September as three months’ event.
In Ukraine
Date: November 25, 2006
Place: Kiev National Tchaikovsky Conservatory Lecture & Demonstration
Date: November 26, 2006
Place: Kiev National Operetta House
In Lithuania
Date: November 29, 2006
Place: Vilnius Congress Concert Hall
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/culture/news/0611/11_03.html
+Ha-ya-to Wadaiko (Japanese drum) Tour in Africa
As part of the programs of concentrated cultural exchange with the Middle East and Africa in 2007, the Japanese wadaiko group Ha-ya-to will tour to Sudan, Senegal and Egypt for a schedule of performances and workshops.
Date: December 2-14, 2006
+Joint theater production between India, Iran, Japan and Uzbekistan titled Acting Women—Medea, Jocasta, Clytemnestra
This production is a trilogy directed by three different directors all on the theme of women Greek tragedy. Taking as their subjects Medea, Women of Troy and Oedipus Rex respectively, three directors from Uzbekistan, India and Iran depict aspects of the present-day world. Japan's contemporary artist Daisuke Nakayama participates by creating stage art for the productions. Premiering at India's NSD Theatre Festival, the productions will come to Japan in October, 2007 (Bunkamura Theater Cocoon, etc.)
Date: January 7-8, 2007 (Delhi, India)
+Condors European Tour
The Condors, an all-male group of dancers led by the highly acclaimed dancer and choreographer Ryohei Kondo and wearing their trademark school uniforms when they perform, is immensely popular in Japan. Now they take a touring stage production that mixes dance, video and theater to Europe with performances scheduled in Britain, France and Italy. This is the first program of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Japan Culture Centre in Paris.
Date: January 10-24, 2007
+Southeast Asian tour of Japanese drumming
Two Japanese style drum performance groups, the six-man group "Tokyo Dageki-dan" and the three-woman group "Honodaiko" will tour together to Thailand, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam. The performances in Thailand (Bangkok, Chang Mai) are part of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Japan-Thailand Treaty on Amity. The Chang Mai performance will be part of the "Japan Day" at the International Horticulture Exposition.
Date: January 11-26, 2007
+MUSA Middle East Tour
The Japanese drum performance duo DODAN-PA, Tomohiko Ueda and Jun Takada, and their performance group MUSA will tour five countries of the Persian Gulf region. With six performers including the two masters of the Oyama school of Tsugaru shamisen, Shoryu Oyama and Hirohide Oyama, and the young male Koto harp performers of the duo WAON, the performances will feature a highly varied repertoire of Japanese music.
Date: late Jan. - mid Feb., 2007
+Japanese taiko drum performances for Japan-India Friendship Year
As part of the programs for the Japan-India Friendship Year 2007, performances by the O-Edo Sukeroku Taiko drummers will be held in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
Date: February 5-17, 2007
+YOSORO Middle East, Africa Tour
As part of the programs of concentrated cultural exchange with the Middle East and Africa in 2007, the Japanese traditional music group YOSORO will tour to the United Arab Emirates, Kenya and Mozambique for a schedule of performances and workshops.
Date: February 9-21, 2007
+WASAN BOM Middle East, Africa Tour
As part of the programs of concentrated cultural exchange with the Middle East and Africa in 2007, the Japanese traditional music group WASAN BOM will tour to Turkey, Morocco and Algeria for a schedule of performances and workshops.
Date: February 27- March 14, 2007
+Visiting performances of contemporary theater from Uzbekistan’s Ilkhom Theatre – Imitations of the Koran
The Russian-language theater company Ilkhom Theatre of Tashkent, Uzbekistan has been invited to Japan to give performances in Matsumoto and Tokyo of the play Imitations of the Koran based on an original drama by Pushkin. This program is the first to present contemporary theater from Central Asia to the Japanese audience. Plans call for the performances to be accompanied by symposiums by theater critics and Russian literature scholars and concerts by the musicians who perform the accompaniment and narration for the play. The Tokyo performances will be part of the Tokyo International Arts Festival program.
Date: March 3- 4, 2007 (Matsumoto, Nagano)
Date: March 8- 10, 2007 (Tokyo)
+Rin’ Performances in China
The Japanese traditional music ensemble Rin’ (koto, shamisen, shakuhachi) will be sent to China to give performances as part of the programs commemorating the 35th anniversary of the normalization of Japan-China political relations.
Date: March 10- 24, 2007
+Visiting performances of contemporary theater from the Middle East (co-sponsored by TIF)
Plans call for performances by the contemporary theater companies Rabih Mroue (Lebanon) and Familia Productions (Tunisia) to come to Japan (details of schedule not yet undecided). The Tokyo performances will be part of the Tokyo International Arts Festival program.
Date: March 23- April 1, 2007 (Rabih Mroue) Date: March 15- 18, 2007 (Familia Productions)
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