External Events

The Idiot

20 – 30 March 2019
Print Room at the Coronet
Celebrated Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara brings his hypnotic dance re-imagining of Dostoevsky’s novel to the Coronet for its UK premiere. A major figure in the dance world, Saburo Teshigawara has won international acclaim as a choreographer, director and performer for over 30 years. For The Idiot, he is performer, director, designer, and creator of the sound score, which includes a Shostakovich waltz. Saburo Teshigawara will also give a talk on 29 March.
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The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta

01 April 2019
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Soutbank Centre
The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta is one of the most positive things to emerge from the devastation of the 11 March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in north-eastern Japan. The young musicians of this extraordinary orchestra are thrilled to return to London for a performance full of emotional intensity, with a programme including Tchaikovsky’s captivating Fifth Symphony.
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Night Flowers & Homecomings UK Tour

02-06 April 2019
Venues around the UK
London indie pop quintet Night Flowers have announced they will play a series of UK dates in April, inviting Kyoto based indie poppers Homecomings to join them, having toured Japan together in 2018. Emerging in 2012, Homecomings is one of the most talked about bands on the current Japanese indie music scene, combining fuzzy & jangly guitars, catchy, bittersweet dreampop melodies and beautiful vocal harmonies.
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Ultra Japan

04 April 2019
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
An evening of J-culture celebrating traditional and contemporary Japan, with music from DJ Suzuki playing an eclectic set covering city pop from 80s Japan through to modern hip hop, rock and J-pop. Learn to draw with professional manga artist Chie Kutsuwada or try origami and mask-making. There will be Taiko, Kendo and Aikido Dojo performances as well as an authentic tea ceremony and the chance to try on traditional kimono. This event accompanies the exhibition Masters of Japanese Prints: Life in the City
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South Social Celebrates Japan

06 April 2019
Theatre Peckham
South Social is pleased to showcase Japanese culture with a film screening, live performance, cuisine and discussion. Central to the event will be the screening of Naoko Ogigami’s Close-Knit, a feel good film following three unlikely family members consisting of a young girl, her uncle and his transgender partner, raising key issues with gender, identity and relationships. Critically acclaimed Japanese musician, MIOU, will provide the performance element for the evening, having won titles such as “Asia’s Top Fashion Singer” and “Asia Pacific Inspirational Woman”.
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Midori Takada & Lafawndah: Ceremonial Blue

07 April 2019
Experimental musicians Midori Takada and Lafawndah premiere their stage work Ceremonial Blue – a groundbreaking show somewhere between musical performance and ritualistic theatre. At the heart of the piece is Le Renard Bleu, their vividly beautiful 2018 piece conjuring the folkloric blue fox. With Ceremonial Blue, they pursue this myth even further, as Midori’s minimalist percussion is augmented by Lafawndah’s lofty, devotional vocal performances. They are joined by Indonesian dancer Dian Bokir, and SAMGHA, a group of Japanese Buddhist monks.
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Japanese Translation Workshop

13 – 14 April 2019
Cardiff University
The School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University, in collaboration with Kurodahan Press, invites applications to participate in a Japanese to English literary translation workshop. The workshop programme will provide an opportunity for novice translators to translate one or more short stories for commercial publication under the supervision of highly experienced mentors. Translations produced during the workshop programme will appear in an anthology of fiction published by Kurodahan Press.
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Masters of Japanese Prints: Life in the City

12 January – 12 May 2019
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Featuring original woodblock prints from the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery’s collection, this exhibition explores the sophisticated urban culture of Japan in the 18th and 19th centuries, from fashion and day trips to geisha and the kabuki theatre. The rare and colourful prints in the collection, specially conserved and mounted for the exhibition, allow a glimpse into Japanese urban life, both elegant and earthy, over 250 years ago.
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Manga マンガ

23 May – 26 August 2019
The British Museum
Enter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan. Immersive and playful, the exhibition will explore manga’s global appeal and cultural crossover, showcasing original Japanese manga and its influence across the globe, from anime to ‘cosplay’ dressing up. This influential art form entertains, inspires and challenges – and is brought to life like never before in this ground-breaking exhibition.
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