Performing Arts


Japan Society’s 2016-17 Performing Arts Season

Join us at Japan Society to experience the most significant performing artists in Japan today! The season includes an examination of butoh in the 21st century, an analysis of the global influence of noh theater, a range of innovative interpretations of tradition, pop music and entertainment for all ages. Look out for an unprecedented number of themes introduced through performing arts programs presented in conjunction with the gallery exhibition, films, lectures, family events and more. Dive deep and explore these topics from multiple angles!

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2016-17 Season Trailer

Through our mission to deepen mutual understanding between the United States and Japan in a global context, Japan Society creates topically relevant presentations of Japanese art and culture; fosters an open, critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the U.S., Japan and East Asia; and provides educational opportunities and resources that instill a lifelong interest in and appreciation for Japan and the U.S.-Japan relationship. As a nonpolitical, nonpartisan American organization, we ensure an open exchange of ideas and provide an inclusive platform that accommodates multiple points of view, allows freedom of expression and encompasses our values of community, diversity and respect.

Since the inception of the Performing Arts Program in 1953, Japan Society has endeavored to bring the arts of Japan to an international audience through its presentations in New York, national tours, newly commissioned projects, artist residencies and educational offerings.

2016-2017 Performances

Workshops, Films and Talks

Programs for Kids

2016-2017 Performing Arts Sponsors

Lead Sponsor:

Corporate Partner:

      ORIX Americas Miyauchi Charitable Foundation   

Major Support:

Doug and Teresa Peterson, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc., the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, an anonymous donor, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


Additional Support:

Dean Jeanette C. Takamura, Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Mr. Alan M. Suhonen, Nachiketa Das, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Mr. Norton Belknap, Dr. John K. Gillespie, Hiroko Onoyama, Pamela Perlman, Michael Romano, and Ms. Paula S. Lawrence.


Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund, and the Endowment for the Performing Arts, established with leadership gifts from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Globus Family, Kyocera Corporation, The Starr Foundation and Toyota Motor Corporation.

In-kind Support:

Transportation assistance is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

Yamaha is the official piano provider of Japan Society.

MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception support is provided by MetLife Foundation.

Slideshow images: About Kazuo Ohno © Maria Baoli / © Naoya Ikegami; Sounds to Summon the Japanese Gods Photo © Hiromi Sonoda; Treasured Noh Plays from the Desk of W. B. Yeats © Seiichiro Tsujii; Hanasaka Jiisan © Naoya Ikegami; 17th Contemporary Dance Showcase © Naoshi Hattori, courtesy of Aichi Arts Center; Girl X © Hideto Maezawa; Nihon Buyo Dance courtesy of the artists; Godzilla Legend © Masaaki Ikeda.

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