• Japanese culture is the embodiment of a rich heritage - it is the fusion of traditional and contemporary forms; the staging of performing arts such as dance, music, and drama are held in different venues throughout the year; however, particularly in July, there is an abundance of cultural pesentations to celebrate Philippines - Japan Friendship Month.


    • ASEAN- Japan Dance Collaboration - November 16 & 17 at the CCP Little Theater

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      The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) in celebration of the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation brings to Manila the dance production, “MAU: J-ASEAN Dance Collaboration” on November 16 (Saturday), 7:00 p.m. and November 17 (Sunday), 3:00 pm at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City.

      MAU (meaning ‘to dance’ in Japanese) weaves a dance fabric with the vibrant colors of Kelantanese dance from Malaysia, stylized Mindanao dance from Philippines, Balinese traditional dance from Indonesia, Japanese kabuki dance, and the Chinese liyuan opera from Singapore. Choreographed and directed by Fujima Kanjuro VIII, the Grandmaster of the 300 year old Fujima School of Kabuki, the dance collaboration is laced with Kabuki leitmotifs to create a multi-layered dance adventure full of elegance and wit.  Participating in the show are the following groups:  Soke-Fujima-Ryu (Fujima School)and musicians: Umeya Tomoe, Umeya Ukon from Japan; LKB Saraswati (Lembaga Kesenian Bali Saraswati) from Indonesia; ASWARA Dance Company from Malaysia; Airdance from the Philippines, andthe Siong Leng Musical Association from Singapore.

      Admission is free.  For inquiries and reservations, please contact the Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) at telephone numbers 811~6155 to 58 or email@jfmo.org.ph.  Visit www.jfmo.org.ph or www.facebook.com/jfmanila.

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