Category: Dance | Movement

  • Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando V | Photo courtesy of Inamori Foundation

    Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando V at San Diego’s Kyoto Symposium, March 20-22

    SAN DIEGO, CALIF.: Tamasaburo Bando V is one of Japan’s most celebrated performers of Kabuki, the traditional dance/drama form whose roots date back some 500 years. On Thursday, March 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the 61-year-old artist offers a free presentation that is open to the public as part of the annual Kyoto Symposium, March 21-22, at the University of San Diego (online registration is required at In 2011, Tamasaburo became a Kyoto Prize laureate. He received this prestigious $625,000 prize, bestowed every year by Japan’s Inamori Foundation. A tate oyama, or leading interpreter of female roles, Tamasaburo is one of Japan’s most famous Kabuki actors, known for performing onnagata (female roles) in the all-male Kabuki tradition. Using the backdrop of his life’s work, Tamasaburo will reveal the skills he uses in playing Kabuki roles, including the essentials of hard work and the ideals of beauty as pursued by the artist. Devoted to his art since childhood, Tamasaburo made his public stage debut at age seven. Beyond kabuki, he has been featured by the Metropolitan Opera and has performed with renowned artists from around the world. His films include Gekashitsu (The Operating Room), which he co-wrote and directed; and Andrzej Wajda’s Nastasja, in …

  • African dancers Faustin Linyekula and Papy Ebotani in performance

    Randy Gener moderates “Advancing Creativity of Artists” at Columbia University’s 2-day Africa arts symposium

    NEW YORK CITY —  Randy Gener will serve as moderator and facilitator at a two-day symposium, Dialogues Across Culture: A Model for Building Enduring Partnerships, presented by MAPP International Productions and the Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium.  The free symposium will take place Friday, October 28 (7pm-9pm) and Saturday, October 29 (11am-4pm) at Columbia University. In the second day of the symposium, Gener will facilitate and moderated a public conversation, entitled “Advancing the Creativity of the Artist,” featuring Faustin Linyekula, artist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ralph Lemon, New York City–based artist. Organized in partnership with the Museum for African Art, The Center for African Education at Teachers College and the Institute of African Studies, Dialogues Across Culture aims to reflect on international cultural exchanges between arts groups in the United States and their counterparts in Africa. This symposium kicks off Friday October 28 with informal performances by choreographers Faustin Linyekula from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Maria Helena Pinto from Mozambique. The following day, Saturday, October 29, there will be presentations and discussions with members of the Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, MAPP, the Museum of African Art and Columbia University faculty. Dialogues Across Culture: A Model for Building Enduring Partnerships is designed to open up conversations around international cultural exchange; to share lessons learned through …