The season will launch with the music of Kinya Sogawa: Shakuhachi Exploration (September 23), which will explore the beauty and versatility of the Shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo instrument similar to the flute, in a co-presentation with Roulette. The season's first dance offering will be Kuromori Kagura (October 27 and 28), offering a glimpse in the folk tradition of the region whose rich culture remains strong despite the devastating earthquake. Next up will be the unique music evens, Oorutaichi (November 16), avant-garde pop music explorer, and Bang on a Can All-Stars (December 8), a fiery music group unveiling Japan Society-commissioned works drawing inspiration from Rimpa, a school of Japanese painting from the 17th-19th centuries.
Japan Society will kick off the new year with the 15th Annual Contemporary Dance Showcase: Japan + East Asia (January 11 and 12), which will feature Makotocluv founder Makoto Enda, former Dairakudakan dancer Kumotaro Mukai, award-winning choreographer and singer KENTARO!!, and more. The season will end with the theater events Robot/Android + Human Theater, a collaboration by internationally acclaimed theater artists Oriza Hirata and the prestigious Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, and the Annual Play Reading Series: Contemporary Japanese Plays in English Translation with Strolling Invader by Tomohiro Maekawa.