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The Japan Foundation Overseas Programs Around the World (Feb.-Mar. 2006)
 The Japan Foundation will sponsor the following performance programs beginning from Feb. 2006.
+Australia’s NIDA production of The Attic, written and directed by Yoji Sakate
Director Yoji Sakate will conduct a six-week course directing and instructing students of Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) for a March graduation production of the play The Attic.
+2006 Australia Tour by Eitetsu Hayashi
As an opening program for the Japan-Australia Friendship Year 2006, one of Japan’s leading taiko drum performers, Eitetsu Hayashi, and his musician friends will give a performance tour in Australia. They will perform as official participants in the Perth International Arts Festival and the WOMADELAIDE Festival in Adelaide. The performers will include Eitetsu Hayashi, the young taiko drum performance group “Fuun-no-kai” and the leading Australian wadaiko drum performance group “TaikOz”, the traditional Australian instrument dijeridoo performer Matthew Doyle and the shakuhachi flute performer Riley Lee.
Feb. 14-15   Townsville Civic Theatre (Townsville)
Feb. 21-22Sydney Town Hall (Sydney)
Feb. 27Canberra Llewellyn Hall (Canberra)
Mar. 1Hamer Hall (Melbourne)
Mar. 5Perth Festival special outdoor stage (Perth)
Mar. 11-12WOMADELAIDE Festival special outdoor stage (Adelaide)
+Pops group Core of Soul 2006 Asia Tour “One Love, One Day, One Life!”
The Japanese pop music group Core of Soul will make an Asian tour.
Feb. 18   20F00   Gedung Kesenian Sunan Ambu STSI, Bandung
Feb. 22   20:00Graha Bhakti Budaya, Taman Ismali Marzuki (TIM), Jakarta
Feb. 25   20:30Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Manila
Mar. 3   19:00Xin Tian Di Ark, Shanghai
Mar. 7   19:00venue undecided (Beijing)
Mar. 10   20:00In Ssmzie Space, SSAMNET, Seoul
+Tokyo International Arts Festival 2006
In a tie-up with the NPO Arts Network Japan, a program of performances of Israeli contemporary dance and contemporary theater from Kuwait will be held along with and international symposium on the subject "What's the use of theatre criticism?” as part of the International Visitors Program (IVP).
Yasmeen Godder and The Bloody Bench Players (Israel)
Strawberry Cream and Gunpowder
choreography by Yasmeen Godder
Mar. 1-4 at Nishi-Sugamo Sozo-sha
Sulayman Al-Bassam Theatre (Kuwait) Kalila Wa Dimna or The Mirror for Princes
Co-produced by Tokyo International Arts Festival, Barbican Centre (UK), Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah (Kuwait)
Mar. 10-16 at Nishi-Sugamo Sozo-sha
International Association of Theater Critics (IATC/AICT) International Symposium
“Is Theater Critique Useful?” Mar. 19/Nishi-Sugamo Sozo-sha, 2F Salon
Special Presentations
Mar. 17 (Europe), 18 (Middle East, South America) at Nishi-Sugamo Sozo-sha
+Kotohime Russia Tour
Performance tour of three cities of the Russian far east by “Kotohime,” a unique unit featuring traditional Japanese, Chinese and Korean harps. The members include Nobuko Baba (Japanese Koto), Jiang XiaoQing (Chinese harp) and Pak Sun Ja (Korean Kayageum harp) with guest appearance by Ma Ping (Chinese wood harp and percussion) . Laying special arrangements of music from Japan, China, Korea and Russia.
Mar. 17   State Museum (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)
Mar. 18Chekhov Theatre (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)
Mar. 22Underground Theater (Vladivostok)
Mar. 24venue undecided (Arseniev)
+Mediterranean Arab Music Series “Lotfi Bouchnak Concert Tour in Japan - The Jewel of Arab Music”
As the second in a series of programs organized by the Japan Foundation to introduce music of the Arab world to Japan, performances will be given at four major locations around Japan by the nationally and internationally renowned Tunisian singer Lotfi Bouchnak.
Tokyo: Mar. 18-19   Marunouchi Building Hall
Gifu: Mar. 22Gifu Fureai Center “Salamanca Hall”
Kyoto: Mar. 23Kyoto Municipal North Culture Hall
Osaka: Mar. 26Kawachinagano-city Lovely Hall
+ASEAN-Japan Technical Theater and Design Workshop 2006
One theater technician each from the ASEAN countries will gather in Manila for a comprehensive program of workshops on stage direction, lighting, music, design and management. Instructors will be participating from Japan. The training will culminate with the creation and performance of a production for the National Tanghalang Pilipino Theater Company. This program is organized in collaboration with the Philippine Sinag Arts Foundation.
Dates: Mar. 13-26
Venue: Sinag Arts Studio, Manila (for details in English, visit the Japan Foundation Manila Office home page and select the “ASEAN-Japan Technical Theater and Design Workshop 2006” tab from the “Event” section)
+Quartet Excelsior performs in Uzbekistan
The 11th International Festival of Contemporary Music “Ilkhom-XX will feature performances by Quartet Excelsior of works by Japanese contemporary composers, such as Toru Takemitsu’s Landscape 1, and also Korean composer Yun Isang’s Streichquartett Nr. 5. This music festival has been held in Tashkent every year since 1996, making this the 11th holding. Besides Japan, there will be participants from Germany, Italy, France and Russia, and the performances will take place at the National Music Institute from April 20 to May 1. In addition to its performance on the 25th of April, Quartet Excelsior will also give a master’s class for the Institute’s students on Japanese contemporary music for the first time.