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Shinsei Kai
2 PM
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U.S. Kabuki Kenkyū Kai proudly presents:
“Shinsei Kai,” or “Emerging Stars,

A performance that allows young Japanese-American and Japanese artists of California to collaborate and showcase their talents.

Founded by the first non-Japanese kabuki actor, Nakamura Gankyō, “Shinsei Kai” will bring together various emerging artists from various art forms, featuring taiko artist Walter Nishinaka, calligrapher Kunihara Yoshida, and koto musician Brian Mitsuhiro Wong. The concept behind “Shinsei Kai” is to allow young artists an opportunity to expand their artistic boundaries and have master artists give their support and guidance. Joining us from Japan is master artist Bandō Ai (Japanese classical dance), and from the San Francisco Bay area, koto master Shirely Muramoto Wong.

In addition, “Shinsei Kai” will feature the presentation of official name taking, or natori hiro, of Los Angeles local Bandō Kyōharumi (AKA Cheryl Ikegami). This is the first presentation of official name taking presented by local Japanese dance artist, Bandō Hirohichirō. The official name can only be granted by the headmaster of the Bandō school, then Bandō Mitsugorō X, and only after the dancer has undergone vigorous training of the mind, body and soul.

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Realization of Dreams Foundation Presents:
Charity Concert
Sunday, December 2nd
5 pm

All-4-One, The Jets, Surface, together with Ryan Gallagher, Geneva Cruz, Thor, Vingo “April Boy” Regino, and Airspoken.

Realization of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization, invites you to our first annual “Give Love on Christmas” charity concert to raise funds for College Scholarships for less privileged and high achieving students.

For the first time, three of the biggest hit makers in the 80’s and 90’s - All-4-One, The Jets and Surface will perform together on one stage at this charity concert.These groups were best known for their hits "I Swear", ”I Can Love You Like That”, “You Got It All”, “Crush on You”, “The First Time”, "Shower Me with Your Love" and many more.

However, the night does not stop there. We will also be graced with the talents of Ryan Gallagher,  Airspoken, Geneva Cruz, Thor, and April Boys Vingo Regino. 

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Madama Butterfly
April 6th, 13th, and 14th, 2018
7 PM Saturday Performances
2 PM Sunday Performance
Aratani Theatre

What if? ... What if a brash American naval officer and a young Japanese girl met and fell in love? How would they communicate? (Certainly not an Italian!)  In POP's most ambitious production to date, Artistic Director Josh Shaw's long-time dream of a bilingual interpretation of Puccini's Madama Butterfly comes to life at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo. All Japanese roles will be sung in Japanese (by Japanese American artists), and all American roles will be sung in English. Supertitles in both languages will be projected throughout the performance. This is a co-production with Opera in the Heights (Houston) and will be presented fully staged and costumed, with orchestra and chorus.



For more information or inquiries, please contact Carol Onaga at (213) 628-2725 or onaga@jaccc.org.