Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe, EL SQUAD, May J.,
Coming on the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival

The 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival will kick off in Washington, D.C., organized by the Japan Foundation as part of a comprehensive program encouraging cultural collaboration between Japan and U.S.
The Japan Foundation sends three groups of Japanese artists, who are active in home and abroad, to perform and give workshops for people to experience wide range of Japanese performing arts.

Photo of Shigeyama Kyogen 1
©Shigeyama Kyogen

Photo of EL SQUAD 1

Photo of May J. 1
©May J.

Opening Ceremony of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival

Date Saturday, March 25, 2017  5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Shigeyama Kyogen

Workshop 1

Date Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Venue An elementary school in Washington, D.C. (not open to the public)
Ticket N/A

Workshop 2

Date Thursday, March 23, 2017  1:00 p.m.
Venue Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C.
Ticket FREE

Public performance

Date Tuesday, March 21, 2017  8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Venue Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
10 First Street, SE, Washington, D.C.
Ticket FREE; Advance ticketing required.


Street Dance Workshop 1

Date Friday, March 24, 2017  8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Venue Joy of Motion, Friendship Heights Studio
5207 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Intended audience Anyone at age16 or over
Ticket Advance tickets available from the link below

Street Dance Workshop 2

Date Sunday, March 26, 2017  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Venue Joy of Motion, Friendship Heights Studio
5207 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
Intended audience Joy of Motion Dance Center's H.Y.P.E. class students
Ticket Not open to the public

EL SQUAD in concert

Date Sunday, March 26, 2017  7:00 p.m.
Venue Mead Center, Kreeger Theater
1101 6th Street, SW, Washington, D.C.
Ticket Advance tickets available from the link below

May J.

Special Live

Date Friday, March 24, 2017  6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Venue Millennium Stage, John F. Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Ticket FREE
Organized by:
The Japan Foundation
Co-hosted by:
National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., Embassy of Japan in the United States of America
Supported by:
Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe, WIZARTS Co, Ltd., New World Productions Inc.


Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe

Photo of Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe

Shigeyama Kyogen embodies some of the best traits of traditional Japanese performing culture. Kyogen is a world-renowned form of traditional Japanese theater and a kind of spoken drama that is based upon laughter and comedy. With more than 600 years of history, it was designated as one of the “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 2001. Shigeyama is a prestigious Kyogen family in Kyoto, Japan that has passed on this Kyogen craft from one generation to the next since the early 17th Century.


Photo of EL SQUAD 2

Since its formation in 2012, EL SQUAD from Wrecking Crew Orchestra revolutionized the contemporary dance genre with their signature “Light Dance,” a mesmerizing blend of dance, music, and electroluminescent technology. Audiences are amazed at the dazzling effects achieved through intricate, fast-paced choreography without the help of CG. As of March 2017, their performance videos on YouTube have garnered over 45 million views.

May J.

Photo of May J. 2
©May J.

Having her roots in Japan, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Spain, and the U.K., multilingual J-pop artist May J. has been one of the most celebrated female singers in Japan since her debut in July 2006. She has hosted the music program J-MELO on NHK (Japan's public broadcasting corporation) for eight years; it is the only Japanese music show in English that introduces the current J-pop music scene. Her album Summer Ballad Covers (June 2013) was in the top 10 of the prestigious Oricon chart for five consecutive weeks. In 2014, she became the first female artist since 1990s to have an album in the top 10 chart for eight consecutive weeks with Heartful Song Covers. She is perhaps best known for singing the credits roll version of the title song “Let It Go” in the Japanese release of Disney's animated movie Frozen.

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