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Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker: Talk by Toco Nikaido
Japanese Study Seminar in Alsace 2016: Call for Participation! new
Japan Foundation at Hyper Japan Festival
Japanese Experience for Children in Brighton
Koki Tanaka: Provisional Studies: Action #5 Conceiving the Past, Perceiving the Present
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016
LIFT ‘16: Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker

Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker: Talk by Toco Nikaido   org

Toco Nikaido is a celebrated Japanese theatre director, actress, singer, and choreographer. With her extensive knowledge of Japanese subculture, Nikaido started Banana Gakuen Junjo Otome-gumi (Banana Academy Pure-hearted Girls Group) and moulded her unique creative style that mixes perspectives from her own generation and those of 1960s and 1970s Japanese student movements. In 2013, Banana Gakuen Junjo Otome-gumi disbanded and reformed under the new name Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker. Enthusiastically received by audiences around the world, Nikaido continues to produce theatre with a frenzied combination of dance, music, and video that feature elements from pop, anime, idol live performance, and more.

Celebrating the group’s first performance as part of LIFT (22 June - 2 July 2016), Nikaido will talk about the unprecedented approach applied in her own brand of performance, as well as discuss the formation of her companies, presented in both Banana Gakuen Junjo Otome-gumi, and Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker. This talk will also examine where this unique troupe’s performance style and subject matter fit in the context of the current state of Japanese theatre and Japanese pop culture scene, and explore what the future could bring.

Nikaido will be joined in conversation by Dr Nobuko Anan, Birkbeck, University of London.


Date: 25 June 2016 from 4.30pm
Venue:

Frobisher Auditorium 2, Barbican Centre
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please click here.

 

This talk is organised by the Japan Foundation in association with LIFT and the Barbican.

Performances of Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker will be held at the Barbican - The Pit between 22 June and 2 July 2016 (6:30pm and 9:30pm). For more details, please visit: liftfestival.com @LIFTfestival #LIFT2016  

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Japanese Study Seminar in Alsace 2016: Call for Participation!   org

The Japan Foundation and Centre Européen d'Etudes Japonaises d'Alsace (CEEJA) are now accepting applications for participation in Japanese Study Seminar: Women and Men (女と男) scheduled for 26th and 27th September, 2016 at CEEJA, in Kientzheim, France. The official language of the seminar will be JAPANESE.

This seminar aims to encourage networking among young researchers in Europe specialising in Japan related topics, and further promote Japanese Studies in Europe.

Participants will join a two-day intensive workshop in the cozy and intimate atmosphere of CEEJA's facility in Kientzheim where they will present and discuss their current research projects with fellow participants and guest mentors from Japan.

The theme of this year’s seminar will be Women and Men (女と男).”  We are calling for applications from young researchers in Europe specialising in politics, history, sociology, literature, arts, language, philosophy, economics, architecture, religion, etc. 

The deadline for applications is 30 June, 2016.

For further details including eligibility and application procedures, please visit the Japan Foundation Tokyo website here.


Date: 26 September 2016 - 27 September 2016
Venue:

Centre Européen d'Etudes Japonaises d'Alsace (CEEJA), Kientzheim, France


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Japan Foundation at Hyper Japan Festival   org

The Japan Foundation are once again delighted to be exhibiting this July at the Hyper Japan Festival- the UK’s biggest J-Culture event!

Come and visit our stand to learn how the Japan Foundation, where you can:

  • Learn about Japanese language and culture,
  • Get information about Japanese language classes
  • Take part in our Japan Quiz
  • Make a wish on our “Tanabata” bamboo
  • Get a free little gift!

For more information about Hyper Japan and to buy a ticket, please click here to visit the official Hyper Japan website. Tickets on sale now!


Date: 15 July 2016 - 17 July 2016
Venue:

Olympia, London

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Japanese Experience for Children in Brighton   JPsupported

Carden Primary School in Brighton are hosting a Japanese Day, where children and teachers/senior leaders are warmly invited to come along and learn more about the Japanese language, culture and traditions.  Schools are invited to bring along up to 4 students for either a morning or afternoon session to take part in activities such as calligraphy, dance, singing, origami and manga.

Date: 24th June 2016
Morning session: 9:30 - 12.15.  
Afternoon session: 1:30 - 3:15.

Please RSVP to the school either by email (admin@carden.brighton-hove.sch.uk) or by phone 01273 293677 to confirm your places. 


Date: 24 June 2016
Venue:

Carden Primary School
County Oak Avenue, Brighton, BN1 8LU

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Koki Tanaka: Provisional Studies: Action #5 Conceiving the Past, Perceiving the Present   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation is pleased to support a major new commission by Japanese artist Koki Tanaka held at The Showroom, London, which will be his first solo exhibition in the UK. Tanaka’s project departs from his interest in the local histories of The Showroom’s neighbourhood in Church Street, London. Through a series of communal actions and proposals in the lead up to and during the exhibition, involving a range of contributors, Tanaka suggests a composite approach towards how to read the present through the past, and about how these can be starting points for new social possibilities.


Date: 29 April 2016 - 18 June 2016
Venue:

The Showroom, London
63 Penfold St, London NW8 8PQ


For more information, please click here.

Image: A Pottery Produced by 5 potters at Once (Silent Attempt). 2013. Studio of Wang Feng and Han Qing, Beijing

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016   JPsupported

This year’s Japan Foundation-supported Edinburgh Film Festival will feature an exciting selection of Japanese films. In addition to new releases such as Satoko Yokohama’s The Actor and Eiji Uchida’s Lowlife Love, the festival will also be showing two classic Japanese films based on manga as part of the “POW!!! Live Action Comic Strip Adaptations” strand, Golgo 13 directed by Junya Sato (pictured), and Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance directed by Kenji Misumi.

For the full lineup, please visit: www.edfilmfest.org.uk


Date: 15 June 2016 - 26 June 2016
Venue:

Various, please see www.edfilmfest.org.uk for more information.


Image: Golgo 13, dir. Junya Sato, 1973

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LIFT ‘16: Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker   JPsupported

This year’s London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), a biennale festival pioneering new forms of theatre and presenting spectacular performances, will present Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker, a performance orchestrated by Tokyo-based artist and pop-idol Toco Nikaido. Featuring choreographed medley of dance, music, bellowed slogans and video clips, and paying homage to otagei (ritualised dancing and chanting by groups of fans), the performance captures Japan's unique subculture in all its multi-coloured, cacophonous, frenetic glory.


Date: 1 June 2016 - 2 July 2016
Venue:

Various, please see www.liftfestival.com for more information.


For more information, please click here.

Performances of Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker will be held at Barbican – The Pit between 22 June and 2 July 2016 (6:30pm and 9:30pm). For more details, please click here.

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