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Sep. 18, 2013
 
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Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju (The Love Suicides at Sonezaki) European Tour (Sep. 27 – Oct. 19, 2013)
 
The Japan Foundation and the Odawara Art Foundation proudly present the European tour of the Ningyo Joruri Bunraku (Japanese puppet theatre) performance “Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju: The Love Suicides at Sonezaki” over a one-month period from September to October, 2013.
The new version of Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s highly acclaimed drama was premiered in August 2011 at the Kanagawa Arts Theatre. The piece is normally shortened from its original text by Chikamatsu due to production constraints, but this version―directed by visual artist Hiroshi Sugimoto with lyrical and musical accompaniment composed by Living National Treasure Seiji Tsurusawa―is a faithful reproduction of its original form, and has been highly praised by a number of audiences and critics in Japan.
The European tour, the first overseas performances of the work, will start in Madrid as part of the commemoration of the “400th Anniversary of Japan-Spain Relations.” Celebrating the 400th year since the Keicho Delegates reached Europe and cultural exchange between Japan and Spain began, the piece will be shown at Madrid’s Teatro Español. After Madrid, the show will move to Rome and be performed as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Istituto Giapponese di Cultura in Rome, which opened in 1962 as the first Japan Culture Center to be founded abroad. The venue, the Teatro Argentina, is one of the most prestigious theatres in Rome, known as the venue of the premiere of Rossini’s opera “The Barber of Seville.” And finally, eleven performances will be given at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris as part of the main program during the Festival d'automne à Paris, a world-famous festival of the performing arts.
*For more information, please visit: http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/culture/new/1306/06-01.html
+Tour Schedule
Madrid
Dates: Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28, 2013 (2 shows)
Venue: Teatro Español
Rome
Dates: Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, 2013 (2 shows)
Venue: Teatro Argentina
Paris
Dates: Thursday, October 10 to Saturday, October 19, 2013 (11 shows)
Venue: Théâtre de la Ville
 
Japan Foundation 2013-14 (second application period) foreign exchange grant recipientsannounced
 
The recipients for the second grant period of 2013-2014 (applications received as of Jun. 2013) have been announced and include 40 projects including 8 for dispatch to the Americas, 16 to Asia and Oceania, 16 to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
+List of the “Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists”

Performing arts support program “Performing Arts Japan” (PAJ) accepts grant application period for 2014 – 2015 (for arts and culture organizations of the USA, Canada, and Europe)
 
Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) is a program that provides grants to arts and culture organizations (festivals, theaters, presenters, etc.) based in North America (Canada, the USA) or Europe to cover part of the cost of presenting high-quality works of Japanese performing arts. Please download application information and application forms from the websites shown below.
*For more information, please visit: http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/culture/perform/exchange/PAJ.html
+Application deadline:  
N. America (Canada, USA) – October 21, 2013
Europe – October 31, 2013
+Application information and application forms:  
N. America (Canada, USA):
http://www.jfny.org/arts_and_culture/paj.html (New York)
http://www.jftor.org/arts/PAJ.php (Toronto)
Europe: http://www.jpf.org.uk/artsandculture/funding.php (London)

2013 – 2014 schedule of the Japan Foundation supported PAJ for Europe programs finalized
 
Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) for Europe is a support program for European-based festivals and presenters dedicated to introducing outstanding Japanese performing arts to local audiences. Based on an open applications system, 14 programs have been selected for support during 2013 to 2014.
+List of The Japan Foundation supported PAJ (European) program

Japan Foundation 2013-14 (first application period) foreign exchange grant recipientsannounced
 
The Japan Foundation's“Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists”aims to introduce Japanese culture and arts of Japan overseas by providing artists or specialists in the various fields with funding to cover a portion of the cost of holding performances, demonstrations, seminars workshops, etc., regarding Japanese arts and culture in foreign countries.
The recipients forthe first grant period of2013 (applications received as of Dec. 2012) have been announced and include 82 projects including 18 for dispatch to the Americas, 16 to Asia and Oceania, 48 to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
+List of the “Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists”

2013 – 2014 schedule of the Japan Foundation supported PAJ for North America programs finalized
 
Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) for North America is a support program for North American based festivals and presenters dedicated to introducing outstanding Japanese performing arts to local audiences. Based on an open applications system, 9 programs have been selected for support during 2013 to 2014.
+List of The Japan Foundation supported PAJ (North America) program
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