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Japanese Film Screenings at the Japan Foundation
Young, Fearless & Limitless -
Artist talk - Yo Nakamura and Underground Airport
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Out of Step - Artist talk by contact Gonzo new
Journal
Botech Compositions: New Work by Macoto Murayama

Japanese Film Screenings at the Japan Foundation   org

This summer the Japan Foundation will be hosting a number of special screenings of contemporary Japanese films, from animations, comedy films through to period dramas. For a full details of the films, please click here to download the flyer.

  • Saturday, 9 August, 2pm
    After the Flowers (Dir. Kenji Nakanishi, 2010, 107 mins, English subtitles)
  • Saturday, 9 August, 6:30pm
    Barefoot Gen (Dir. Mori Masaki, 1983, 85mins, English subtitles)
  • Friday, 15 August, 2pm
    Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Battle of the Warring States (Dir. Keiichi Hara, 2002, 95 mins, English subtitles)
  • Friday, 15 August, 6:30pm
    Waterboys (Dir. Shinobu Yaguchi, 2001, 91 min, English subtitles)
  • Saturday, 16 August, 2pm
    Bushido Sixteen (Dir. Tomoyuki Furumaya, 2010, 109 mins, English subtitles)
  • Saturday, 16 August, 6:30pm - FULLY BOOKED (please contact to register for waiting list)
    Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Dir. David Gelb, 2011, 81 mins, English subtitles)
  • Friday, 22 August, 2pm
    Chibi Maruko-chan (Dir. Tsutomu Shibayama, 1990, 94 mins, English subtitles)
  • Friday, 22 August, 6:30pm - FULLY BOOKED (please contact to register for waiting list)
    Hotel Hibiscus (Dir. Yuji Nakae, 2003, 92 min, English subtitles)

Date: 9 August 2014 - 22 August 2014
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


Booking:

These screenings are free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please email your name and the 
screening you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk
Places are very limited (limited to 80 people per screening) – so book now to avoid disappointment!
Please note that it is only possible to book a maximum of four screenings per attendee. Any additional bookings 
will be placed on a reserve list. When booking for more than two screenings, please advise which screening you 
would like to prioritise.Booking:

These screenings are free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please email your name and the screening you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk

Places are very limited (limited to 80 people per screening) – so book now to avoid disappointment! Please note that it is only possible to book a maximum of four screenings per attendee. Any additional bookings will be placed on a reserve list. When booking for more than four screenings, please advise which screening you would like to prioritise.

Images: Clockwise from top left: Bushido Sixteen, (c) 2010 "Bushido Sixteen" Production Committee; After the Flowers, (c) Hana no Ato Associates; Chibi Maruko-chan (Movie); Hotel Hibiscus, (c) 1999 OFFICE SHIROUS/BANDAI VISUAL

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Young, Fearless & Limitless -
Artist talk - Yo Nakamura and Underground Airport
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The Japan Foundation is dedicated to supporting performing arts from Japan and through the PAJ (Performing Arts Japan) programme, we have helped bring exciting, cutting-edge artists to Europe to both present and develop their work. Most recently, Underground Airport and Yo Nakamura, both of whom are representatives of a new direction for performing arts in Japan, have been invited by National Theatre Wales to take up a residency for future and further collaborations with the UK, supported by the Japan Foundation.

In this joint artist talk, Yasuro Ito of Underground Airport, a theatre group renowned for portraying society through their metaphorical works, and Yo Nakamura, an award-winning dancer and choreographer, will introduce their careers and work illustrating how they each utilise a variety of media to create their own unique style. Reflecting on their WalesLab project, where they have been able to take inspiration from the people, landscape and history of the area, they will look into how these encounters and experiences could influence their future work and activities, as well as the difficulties they have faced in the borderless and global performing arts world of today.

This event will provide the opportunity to discover the future for Japanese performing arts and meet some of the most thrilling young talents that Japan has to offer.

To download the full event flyer, please click here.


Date: 28 August 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk.

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Out of Step - Artist talk by contact Gonzo   org

Contact Gonzo is an improvisational performance group from Osaka, Japan that disregard the framework of the prevailing definition and code of dance. Their pioneering style is a balance of elements from contemporary dance, performance art and urban culture mixed with influences from martial arts. The collective of four members with different backgrounds - Yuya Tsukahara, Keigo Mikajiri, Takuya Matsumi and Masakazu Kobayashi – use physical strength and agility to create experimental encounters with attacks of movement. Earning numerous invitations to perform at exhibitions and festivals worldwide, including MoMA in New York and the Sydney Biennale in Australia, they present their works not only through performances but also by means of art installations wherein photo and film is used. 

Supported through the Japan Foundation’s Performing Arts Programme (PAJ), Contact Gonzo drops into the UK on their way home from a residency in Italy and Latvia to talk about the unique performance method and body expression that they have developed. Reflecting on the current state of performing arts and performance art in Japan, they will also discuss how important it is to be responsive to the environment they encounter in order to fulfil their artistic creed.

There will be a short performance by the group after the talk. 


Date: 5 September 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk.

Image credit: OKA-Z

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Journal   JPsupported

Journal is an exhibition bringing together international artists who explore both historical events and more gradual social changes in their work. As part of the presentations and live performances taking place at the ICA Galleries and off-site, the exhibition will include Japanese artist Koki Tanaka’s new commission Precarious Tasks #9: 24hrs Gathering, in which Tanaka embarks on a series of events, which he refers to as ‘actions’, over a 24-hour period. 


Date: 25 June 2014 - 7 September 2014
Venue:

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London


For more information, please click here.

Image: painting to the public (open-air), 2012, Collective acts, Billboard. Photography by Takashi Fujikawa; Created with Aoyama Meguro, Tokyo

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Botech Compositions: New Work by Macoto Murayama   JPsupported

For the 2014 Liverpool Biennial, Metal will be exhibiting the work of Macoto Murayama. Based in Tokyo, Murayama spent six months of 2013 living and working at Metal’s space in Southend on Sea, dissecting, recording and rendering in digital form UK indigenous flowers. The resulting works are presented at Metal’s Liverpool base, Edge Hill Station as a series of high definition, animated sequences that reveals the beauty, fragility and architectural structure of flowers. It is the first time that Macoto Murayama’s work has been exhibited in the UK.


Date: 4 July 2014 - 26 October 2014
Venue:

Metal, Edge Hill Station, Liverpool


For more information, please click here.
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