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Kennedy Center Japan festival “Japan! Culture + Hyper-culture” lineup announced (Feb. 5-17, 2008)
Japan! Culture + Hyper-culture
Japan! Culture + Hyper-culture
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the U.S. capital, Washington D.C., has announced that it will hold a large-scale festival “Japan! Culture + Hyper Culture” from February 5 to 17, 2008. A press conference was held in Tokyo on May 14 at which the Center’s President, Michael M. Kaiser, presented an outline of the planned two-week festival. The program aims to show some of the depth and breadth of Japanese culture through diverse presentations ranging from the classical and tradition arts to cutting-edge contemporary art. In all, some 467 artists from 17 companies will be invited to Washington to perform some 47 performances in the fields of music, dance and theater and four exhibitions in the fields of robotics and other advanced technologies. There will also be exhibitions of visual arts, design, fashion, as well as film and literature presentations and more than ten free events. As the Center’s vice president and international program director, Ms. Alicia Adams has directed the Japan festival programming. She says, “I have never seen a country with such diversity of culture, and I hope that this program shows at least a bit of that diversity.” Click here for a link to a full-length interview of Ms. Adams.
+Japan! Culture + Hyper-culture program
Yukio Ninagawa directing Shintoku-maru
Amon Miyamoto directing Up in the Air: The Story of Boonah, the Tree-Climbing Frog
Mansaku Nomura and The Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company performing The Kyogen of Errors and Traditional Kyogen Works
Youkiza performing with Edo stringed marionette
Mari Natsuki’s The Impressionism

New National Theater, Tokyo Ballet Company’s Raymonda, etc.
Sankai Juku Kinkan Shonen
Jo Kanamori and Noism08 NINA materialize sacrifice
Akira Kasai Pollen Revolution
Strange Kinoko Dance Company Flowers

Oki Dub Ainu Band and Marewrew
Hakata Kinjishi Taiko & Hakata Koma
Midori, violin, with Miró Quartet
A Tribute to Toru Takemitsu
Aki Takahashi
Meiwa Denki
Laptop Orchestra

Visual Arts
Yayoi Kusama
Tadao Ando
Motoko Maio
Nobuyuki Tanaka

Reiko Sudo
Junko Koshino
Mikimoto Pearl
Mika Ninagawa

Robotopia Rising
Robot Evolution Karakuri Dolls
The Influence of Anime and Manga on Robots
Robots and the Arts
Super Humanoids

Film, manga & anime
Joint film presentation by Freer/Sackler Gallery
A Marathon of Anime Premieres
+The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts