Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Program introduces performers from Japan’s contemporary and traditional music, dance and theater scenes, and commissions non-Japanese performing artists to create works on themes relating to Japan. Many distinguished artists have performed in the Society’s 260-seat theater and on Society-produced North American tours. Since 1953, Japan Society’s Performing Arts Program has inspired audiences in New York and beyond with over 1,000 productions ranging from traditional Japanese arts to contemporary theater, dance, music and more.

Stay Tuned for an Announcement of Our Upcoming 2024-25 Season!

Thank you to everyone who attended our events this past season— your presence and support helped make our year of unconventional and genre-defying programming a tremendous success! After hosting the first-ever John Cage series focused on the relationship between Cage and Japan in the fall, our season culminated with fearless works of dance and theater that defied conventional perspectives of iconic Western culture—Hamlet, Boléro, The Dying Swan and hip-hop.

Stay tuned for our exciting 2024-25 season announcement in the coming weeks, which will include an anniversary bash for one of Japan Society’s most successful commission projects, several stunning North American premieres of music, theater, and dance from the United States, Japan and East Asia, collaborations between performing arts and film, and the momentous arrival of a lauded traditional Japanese theater ensemble in New York City for the first time in over 30 years.

Our innovative Performing Arts programming relies on the generous and continued support of our patrons. To help us continue thriving, please donate or become a member by clicking the buttons below.

Past Events

To view a list of past events, visit the archives page.


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Top Image: © Julie Lemberger.

2023-2024 Performing Arts Season Support

The season is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Major support is generously provided by Doug and Teresa Peterson; Howard Gilman Foundation; and Hisamitsu America, Inc. Endowment support is provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund, The John and Miyoko Davey Endowment Fund, and the Endowment for the Performing Arts, established with a leadership gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Additional support is provided by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Richard and Momona Royce, Nancy and Joe Walker, Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Dr. Jeanette C. Takamura, Estate of Alan M. Suhonen, and Friends of the Performing Arts. All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. is the official airline of the Japan Society Performing Arts Program. Yamaha is the official piano provider of Japan Society.

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.