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Inclusive Bodies - Creation in dance with different physicality new
Nihongo Cup 2018 - Finals Day
Talk: Kengo Kuma on architecture and Identity new
Noh Reimagined 2018: Sublime Illusions new
Rie Nakajima - Cyclic

Inclusive Bodies - Creation in dance with different physicality   org

According to the European Youth Portal 'Dance is a universal human activity'. In spite of this all-encompassing notion, it is only in recent years that all body types have been given access to similar levels of training for performance (although these opportunities are still not widespread). While words such as 'diversity' and 'inclusivity' have been the key to opening the doors of performing arts in the 21st century, there are still questions as to how these buzz words are applied in the creative process to all physicality - disabled and non-disabled, Asian and European, in order to both embrace and celebrate their differences.

According to the European Youth Portal 'Dance is a universal human activity'. In spite of this all-encompassing notion, it is only in recent years that all body types have been given access to similar levels of training for performance (although these opportunities are still not widespread). While words such as 'diversity' and 'inclusivity' have been the key to opening the doors of performing arts in the 21st century, there are still questions as to how these buzz words are applied in the creative process to all physicality - disabled and non-disabled, Asian and European, in order to both embrace and celebrate their differences.
In this special seminar, the Japan Foundation has invited Stopgap Dance Company, a UK-based company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, to deliver a short presentation of research undertaken with internationally acclaimed Japanese choreographer and dancer, Yukio Suzuki, and Japanese disabled dancer, Kenta Kambara. The research sought a way for the disabled and non-disabled dancers involved (from Europe, UK and Japan) to use their bodies to portray what is in their minds during their performances, exploring similarities of approach between Stopgap's inclusive creative processes and that of Butoh. Joined by UK-based choreographer Adam Benjamin, they will explore in discussion the way they understand physical and cultural differences, and how these differences contribute to creativity in dance making. 

In this special seminar, the Japan Foundation has invited Stopgap Dance Company, a UK-based company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, to deliver a short presentation of research undertaken with internationally acclaimed Japanese choreographer and dancer, Yukio Suzuki, and Japanese disabled dancer, Kenta Kambara. The research sought a way for the disabled and non-disabled dancers involved (from Europe, UK and Japan) to use their bodies to portray what is in their minds during their performances, exploring similarities of approach between Stopgap's inclusive creative processes and that of Butoh. Joined by UK-based choreographer Adam Benjamin, they will explore in discussion the way they understand physical and cultural differences, and how these differences contribute to creativity in dance making. 


Date: 11 June 2018 from 7.00pm
Venue:

Sunley Pavilion, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX 

Photo Credit: Chris Parkes
The research project between Stopgap Dance Company and the Japanese artists, Yukio Suzuki and Kenta Kambara is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts Japan for Europe grant programme.
This event is free to attend but booking is essential (places are limited). To book your place via Eventbrite, please click here. If you have any accessibility requirements please let us know when booking by contacting info@jpf.org.uk. Unfortunately we are unable to provide sign language interpreting.

Photo Credit: Chris Parkes

Photo Credit: Chris Parkes
 
The research project between Stopgap Dance Company and the Japanese artists, Yukio Suzuki and Kenta Kambara is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts Japan for Europe grant programme. Photo Credit: Chris Parkes

The research project between Stopgap Dance Company and the Japanese artists, Yukio Suzuki and Kenta Kambara is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts Japan for Europe grant programme. 

Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please click here. If you have any accessibility requirements please let us know when booking by contacting info@jpf.org.uk. Unfortunately we are unable to provide sign language interpreting.

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Nihongo Cup 2018 - Finals Day   org

Nihongo Cup 2018 - Finals Day

Come and see the UK's most talented young students of Japanese language at the Finals Day of the Nihongo Cup - the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools!

Students from all levels of secondary education – Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 – will showcase their amazing talent and hard work in their Japanese language studies while competing for some fantastic prizes – including a trip to Japan!

Entry is free – No booking required.

To download a poster for this event, click here

To read our report about last year's finals day, click here.


Date: 16 June 2018 from 12.30pm to 4.30pm
Venue:

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL




The Nihongo Cup is co-organised by the Japanese Language Committee of the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and the Japan Foundation London.

Supported by:Nihongo Cup 2018 Sponsors

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Talk: Kengo Kuma on architecture and Identity   org

As his first UK building nears completion, acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will speak about architecture and identity, exploring the relationship between place, building tradition and landscape. Opening in September 2018, The V&A Dundee is set to redefine the identity of the city and build upon its status as a UNESCO City of Design. Kuma will discuss his work in cities around the world, including London and Tokyo, where his National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is under construction.

 

A public lecture hosted by the London School of Architecture and LSE Cities, in partnership with The Japan Foundation


Date: 23 June 2018 from 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Venue:

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, London School of Economics, 99 The Strand, Aldwych, WC2B 4JF


For more information, please click here.

This event is free to attend, but booking is essential. Booking opens on 8 June 2018, and can be done by clicking here

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Noh Reimagined 2018: Sublime Illusions   org

After the success of Noh Reimagined in 2016, we're pleased to accounce its return for 2018 - Noh Reimagined: Sublime Illusions.

This year's edition will showcase Mugen ("phantasmal") Noh - a genre of Noh in which the main actor appears as a ghost in the dream of a travelling monk, who is played by the supporting actor. The ghost then tells the tragic story of its past life, expressing deep regret and lamentations, hoping to find peace through the monk's prayers for it.

Bringing together top Noh performers from Japan with British artists and neuroscientists, join us for this two-day festival, with its interdisciplinary performances, workshops, and talks, to explore time, space, and symbolism in Noh theatre.


Date: 29 June 2018 - 30 June 2018
Venue:

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG


For more information, please click here.

Curated and produced by mu:arts and International Noh Project Committee, Tokyo, in partnership with Kings Place, Japan Foundation, and the Noh Theatre Research Institute, Hosei University

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Rie Nakajima - Cyclic   JPsupported
Rie Nakajima, photograph by Greg Pope
Rie Nakajima, photograph by Greg Pope

A captivating exhibition in which UK based experimental artist, Rie Nakajima fuses sculpture with sound. Best known for her work with sound art, Nakajima often uses a combination of kinetic devices, musical instruments and found objects in direct response to architectural space, and experiments with different mediums in order to probe and raise questions from her audience about the definition of art.

Taking place at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, the exhibition will consist of entirely new work and includes a number of collaborative performances with other artists. This also includes a series of free performances such as her music project O Yama O, with Keiko Yamamoto which explores music with no genre and various other collaborations consisting of dance, free sculpture and much more.


Date: 21 March 2018 - 3 June 2018
Venue:

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham


For more information, please visit: https://www.ikon-gallery.org/event/rie-nakajima/ 

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