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A celebration of contempoary Japanese theatre, dance, music, art and film from Japan Foundation, TIFFCanadian Stage, Japan Cultural Centre and Soundstreams. Twitter: #SpotlightJapan

Spotlight Japan at Canadian Stage  

Japan Foundation (Jan 4 to Apr 24)

The Japan Foundation presents:
  • Ceramics for Daily Comfort: Design Exhibition by Yasuki Sakamoto and Kazuhiro Tominaga , Jan 4 to Apr 24. Ceramic works with an elegant, streamlined sensibility.
  • Cinema Kabuki , Feb 8 to 9. Kabuki plays filmed in high resolution for screening on state-of-the-art digital projection systems with 6 channel sound.
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Spotlight Japan at TIFF  

TIFF (Jan 19 to Apr 6)

TIFF Cinematheque presents a three-month celebration of Japanese classic and modern cinema with three programmes during its Winter Season.
  • Tokyo Drifters: 100 Years of Nikkatsu , Jan 19 to Apr 6
  • Japanese Divas: Great Actresses of Classic Japanese Cinema , Jan 24 to Mar 31
  • The Catch: Japanese Cinema of the Eighties , Mar 5 to Apr 6
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Spotlight Japan at Canadian Stage  

Canadian Stage (Feb 28 to Mar 3)

Canadian Stage presents high-tech theatre and dance at the Berkeley Street Theatre. Two shows to chose from:
  • Haptic and Holistic Strata , Feb 26 to Mar 2, 7:30 pm. Two pieces by digital choreographer/dancer Hiroaki Umeda.
  • Sayonara and I, Worker , Feb 26 to Mar 2, 9:00 pm. Two short plays by Oriza Hirata of Android Robot Theatre.
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Japanese Cultural Centre  

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Mar 2 to 10)

The Japan Canadian Cultural Centre presents:
  • The Spring Festival, or Haru Matsuri, Mar 2 to 3. Includes Japanese arts and crafts demonstrations; martial artists demonstrating the techniques of Aikido, Judo, Karate, Iaido, Naginata, Kyudo and Kendo; odori (traditional Japanese dancing); and, an elaborate display of Hina Matsuri dolls.
  • Never Forget, Never Give Up , Mar 10 at 2 pm. In the weeks following the 3.11 Tsunami Disaster, Canada-based Japanese filmmaker Yuki Nakamura took to Japan with her camera to document the disaster and the recovery efforts first hand.
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Spotlight Japan at Soundstreams  

Soundstreams (Mar 4 to 5)

Soundstreams presents:
  • Fujii Percussion and Voices , Mar 5. Featuring Japan¹s virtuoso Fujii Trio and special guests Ryan Scott (percussion), Gregory Oh (piano), and the Toronto Children¹s Chorus. This concert includes classics and world premieres from Canada and Japan, as well as a performance of the ethereal sanukite stones, a percussion instrument rarely seen outside of Japan.
  • Soundstreams Salon21: Japanese Music for Percussion , Mar 4. Exploring the long-standing history between Japanese composition and percussion in a free discussion at the Gardiner Museum.
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Other Japan programming in Toronto:

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Mar 16 to Apr 14)

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents Arigato, Tokyo by Daniel MacIvor.

One of our country’s most distinct and celebrated writers pens a darkly poetic love letter to love itself. From the underground nightclubs of Tokyo to the hallowed stages of Noh Theatre, a visiting Canadian author is pulled into a world of obsession, sex, and longing. The award-winning creative team behind Blasted and The Maids brings to life this thoughtful meditation on the many meanings of love and our place in it.

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