UPCOMING EVENTS


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THE LOS ANGELES PREMIERE OF

OUR LOST YEARS

a nEW aMERICAN FILM WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY lane Nishikawa

Sunday, june 23, 2019
2 pm
$12 JACCC MEMBER | $15 GENERAL

ARATANI THEATRE

Filmmaker Lane Nishikawa’s documentary feature film on the internment of the 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 in 1942 and the 30th anniversary of H.R. 442, the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. For two years, Lane traveled to seven cities, interviewing internees, their children and grandchildren, politicians, community leaders, lawyers, and activists.

OUR LOST YEARS takes the audience on a personal, comprehensive, behind-the-scenes journey, exploring the emotional and psychological impact of the evacuation and incarceration, the insurmountable ten-year battle for redress and reparations with its bitter sweet triumph, and the newfound legacy of a battered community becoming a voice of justice for all people.

Featuring: Norman Y. Mineta, Michael M. Honda, John J. Tateishi, S. Floyd Mori, Jose Keichi Fuentes, Robert P. Ito, Kenneth K. Inouye, Dale Minami, Mitchell T. Maki, Karen Korematsu, Hanif Mohebi, Kanji Sahara, Amanda Susskind, Steve Nakajo, Rosalyn Tonai, Kathy N. Masaoka, Alan Nishio, Jim H. Matsuoka, Mari Matsumoto, Phil Shigekuni, John Esaki, Douglas Urata, Leslie Ito, Marlene Shigekawa, Elizabeth Yamada, Setsuo Iwashita, Ruth Voorhies, Nellie Noguchi, Joe Yasutake, and George Omi.


PAST EVENTS


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shidara live in concert

Wednesday, may 8, 2019
7 pm
$35 GENERAL

ARATANI THEATRE

Blending exceptional skill, blinding speed, and vivacious energy, Shidara’s performances defy time and place. Conveying a spirit rooted in ancient times and driven by their fresh, youthful perspective and energy, their pieces come to life with an exquisite flair and musicality practically unmatched by their contemporaries.

Though they performed for sold-out audiences throughout their prior U.S. appearances, this is the first time in nearly a decade that their intense national touring schedule in Japan has opened up enough for them to be able to return for a very limited engagement of just three concerts! With just one performance in L.A., you don’t want to miss this show!


ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA Cultural Equity Summit

Wednesday, april 17, 2019
9 Am - 1:30 pm summit
1:30 - 7 pm community centered activities

ARATANI THEATRE

ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA Cultural Equity Summit will gather cultural leaders, artists, grantmakers, and community members to advance cultural equity strategies and innovative practices at the Aratani Theatre on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

The United States is being remapped by its people. By 2042, the population of US communities of color will eclipse the historic white majority. While the population has shifted on the ground, institutional leadership and funding across the arts and all sectors have not kept pace. Leading the nation, Los Angeles and New York City have implemented major studies of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their cultural communities. The Summit asks: What role do we each play in moving towards a shared future?

Join a public sector discussion led by heads of city arts agencies moving research into action from Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Click here for more information.


MADAMA BUTTERFLY

APRIL 6, 13, AND 14, 2019
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. Subtitles 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.

「蝶々夫人」

プッチーニの代表作のひとつであり、日本を舞台にした「蝶々夫人」がPOP(パシフィックオペラプロジェクト)史上最も大胆なプロジェクトとして豪華な総演出、衣装、オーケストラに合唱団を用いて小東京のアラタニ劇場で上演されます。この作品はPOPとヒューストンのオペラインザハイツとの共同制作です。もし明治時代に米国海軍士官と日本人の少女が出会い恋に落ちたらどのような会話がされたのか。。今回の見所はジョシュ•シャウ監督の長年の夢である新たな日英のバイリンガル演出で、日英両方の字幕の表示と共に日本人役は日系アメリカ人歌手が日本語で、米国人役はアメリカ人歌手が英語で演じます。

Read press release here.

For more information about Madama Butterfly, click here.


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ANIPLEX OF AMERICA PRESENTS

DEmON SLAYER PREmiERE

SUNDAY, march 31, 2019
3 PM

ARATANI THEATRE

It is the Taisho Period in Japan. Tanjiro, a kindhearted boy who sells charcoal for a living,finds his family slaughtered by a demon. To make matters worse, his younger sister Nezuko, the sole survivor, has been transformed into a demon herself.

Though devastated by this grim reality, Tanjiro resolves to become a “demon slayer” so that he can turn his sister back into a human, and kill the demon that massacred his family. A sorrowful-tale of siblings in which the fates of humans and demons intertwine…begins now!

Join us for the Special Premiere of DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA!


LolaLand: The Grandmother of all shows

lolaland: the grandmother of all shows!

Saturday, march 9, 2019
7 PM

ARATANI THEATRE

This much-anticipated team up of Filipina-American artists make its way to Los Angeles! Starring singer-comedienne Fe De Los Reyes, “LolaLand” was sold out in Manila (Philippines), and soon restaged in New York and the Bay Area. Special guest performers include songwriter Cecile Azarcon, singers Jam Morales and Chiqui Pineda, and singer-songwriter Odette Quesada.  


japan house los angeles Presents

vivaldi’s “the four seasons”

live animation Concert

Sunday, january 13, 2019
5 pm

ARATANI THEATRE

JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles is excited to partner with premier music and arts universities Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai) and the University of Southern California (USC), in presenting “Vivaldi ‘The Four Seasons’ Live Animation Concert,’” bringing together emerging talent in the fields of music and animation from both Japan and the United States.

Students and faculty from the music departments of Tokyo Geidai and USC, two of the most prestigious music programs in the world, will perform a free musical program of “The Four Seasons” by Vivaldi at the Aratani Theatre.

This event will feature a true visual euphony performance of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.’” Using Yamaha “score following” technology, an AI program that listens and continually synchronizes the animation with music, each season will be accompanied by animated films by renowned independent animators.

This is the North American premiere of this exciting multimedia collaboration between two of the finest music and arts universities in the world.

Event Hosted by: Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai), University of Southern California, and JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles; Supported by: Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC); Technical Support by: Center of Innovation Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai); Sponsored by: All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.


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Realization of Dreams Foundation Presents

GIVE LOVE ON CHRISTMAS

Charity Concert

Sunday, December 2, 2018
5 pm

ARATANI THEATRE

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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live talks la presents

AN EVENING WITH TOM HANKS

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2018
8 PM

ARATANI THEATRE


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US Kabuki kenkyū kai presents

Shinsei Kai

SunDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2018
2 PM

ARATANI THEATRE

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.


For more info or inquiries, please contact Aratani Theatre General Manager Carol Onaga, at (213) 628-2725 or onaga@jaccc.org.