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Poetry Reading and Dance Performance

“I Don’t Know You Yet”'

Mizuho Ishida, Judy Halebsky, Kentaro Kujirai, Sosuke Kitamura, Yasuyuki Kitamura

*This event was finished.

Saturday 24 July 2017 3:00 PM (Doors open at 2:30 PM)
Chohouin Temple Main Building, Kuramae, Taito, Japan (see Access)
Fee: 2,000 yen
Tickets available for only 40 people.
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(Please note that on the day of the poetry reading and dance performance, the calligraphy exhibition will not be open.)

In “Koto No Mayu” (The Cocoon of Words) where this exhibition is held, Kentaro Kujirai performs his dance among the artwork. At the same time, in “Oto No Tera” (The Temple of Sounds), Mizuho Ishida and Judy Halebsky will read their poems. “Koto No Mayu” and “Oto No Tera,” are each a Mandala and a lotus flower. Audience members are invited to move back and forth between these two spaces, viewing both the poetry reading and the dance. During the performances, please refrain from whispering, talking to others or making noise. However, please feel free to sigh, laugh or meditate. Each member of the audience is a silent ascetic going back and forth between both mandalas and also a pollen spore floating between two lotus flowers or a hummingbird buzzing around.

Judy Halebsky
Judy Halebsky is the author of the poetry collections Sky=Empty and Tree Line. Fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and the Japanese Ministry of Culture (Monbukagakusho) have supported her work. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Dominican University of California. Currently on sabbatical for 2017, she is a visiting professor at Dokkyo University in Saitama.

Kentaro Kujirai
Eurhythmist. Learned eurhythmy with Akira Kasai. From 2008, as a member of Akira Kasai Company, he appeared in a lot of performances in Japan and other countries. In 2010, he made a dance unit called “CORVUS.” In 2015, he produced and also appeared in “Doku To Tsurugi” (Poison and Knife), and he made his debut as a solo dancer in “Haiiro No Ohokami” (A Gray Wolf).

English translation by Tomoyuki Endo

*This event was finished.


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