Japan Society Announces Fall 2009 Season
The New York premiere of Ame to Ame (Candy and Rain) (October 15-17), developed by the San Francisco/Berlin-based inkBoat and Berlin's cokaseki, is a hybrid butoh-dance piece which follows two performers navigating their way through a sweet and philosophical love story. The piece is directed and designed by by cokaseki's Marc Ates. Next will be the world premiere of Bessie Award-winning Jeremy Wade's there is no end to more (December 3-5). This piece, performed by Jared Gradinger, juxtaposes movement, text, animation and video of manga (Japanese comics) to take a playful and cynical look at Japanese kawaii (cute) culture. Additional members of the creative team include Brooklyn-based Japanese manga artist/illustrator Hiroki Otsuka, Berlin-based video artist Veith Michel, musician Brendan Dougherty and architects Katja Mitte and Henning Ströh. Text is co-authored by Wade and visual artist/writer Marcos Rosales.
The Japan Society's fall performing arts season will be rounded out with a dance showcase (January 8-9). During the course of the fall and early winter, there will also be related events, such as a Butoh workshop, and lectures.