Hanasaka Jiisan (The Old Man Who Made Flowers Bloom)
Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
Admission: $28/$23 Japan Society members
One of Japan’s most popular mukashi banashi folktales comes to life through the playful interpretation of beloved all-male contemporary dance company Condors, led by Ryohei Kondo. Chock-full of high-octane dance, spirited music, kamishibai (picture storytelling), colorful costumes and props, and lots of humor, the North American premiere of Hanasaka Jiisan, which recognizes the importance of honesty and kindness, promises to delight all ages.
The New York Times calls Condors “…A Japanese Monty Python with a Beatles-like spirit…”
(Footage from the 2008 performance at Sainokuni Saitama Arts Theater.)
As a perfect prelude, New York-based Japanese puppet artist Maiko Kikuchi offers her witty PINK BUNNY, a parade of the most unlikely of objects assembled in a work to remind us that nothing is impossible.
Recommended for ages 5+, accompanied by an adult.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Japan Society’s website.