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Performing Arts Season Autumn 2012 Asia Society New York

From the ancient theater of India contemporary puppetry and dance from Indonesia and jazz from Mongolia theatre, Asia Society presents a diverse mix of world-renowned performers.

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A Great Debate November 5 --pre-election
This program has been rescheduled for November 5 from the original October 28 date which was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.

Dancers, musicians and comedians offer a fresh take on "debates" as we head into the final days of the Presidential election. How do creative artists interpret the idea of debate? Is it form, is it issues? Can we find a new way to look at The Great Debates? Cabaret-style performances by comedians Hari Kondabolu, Saad Haroon, Phil Nee and SLANT Performance Group; musicians Kiran Ahluwalia, Rez Abbasi, Nitin Mitta and Bora Yoon; dancers Maura Donohue, Yin Mei and Parul Shah, among others. Reception and DJ Rekha dance party to follow at 8:45.

This program is part of Asia Society's The Great Debates: Traditions and Forms series, which explores systems of debates and discourse across cultures and religions. The Great Debates: Traditions and Forms series is made possible by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation NYC Cultural Innovation Fund. For more information, please visit: asiasociety.org/debates

Arga Bileg: Mongolia ethno-jazz October 19, 2012
Arga Bileg leads the modern music scene in Mongolia with their exciting blend of traditional Mongolian instrumentation and folk music, with contemporary and Western jazz techniques. Traditional Mongolia music is strongly influenced by nature, nomadism, shamanism, and also Tibetan Buddhism. Arga Bileg combines these influences with contemporary Western jazz techniques, creating a unique combination of East and West.

Nan Jombang : Contemporary Dance from Indonesia October 6, 2012
Nan Jombang Dance Company presents choreography that is as dynamic as it is powerful. From the island of Sumatra, this family of artists presents its unique blend of Minangkabau performing arts traditions (drumming, dance, martial arts), spiritual practice and contemporary movement while creating a live soundscape within the performance.

Papermoon Puppet Theater October 1, 2012
From a culture steeped in rich traditions of puppetry comes Papermoon Puppet Theatre, a new mixed-media production exploring themes of identity, society and Indonesia's recent past. Mwathirika is set in 1965, the infamous Year of Living Dangerously, when thousands of Indonesians were jailed and murdered. The play tells the history of the lost, and the lost history of a nation, in a non-verbal, puppet-theater experience.

Ancient Indian theater form Kutiyattam September 8, 2012
Kutiyattam, the oldest surviving form of Sanskrit theater from Kerala, is a highly stylized and complex theatrical language, which was declared a "Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO in 2001. The company will present a little known story from the end of the great epic Ramayana

Spring 2012 Season Asia Society New York

From the sounds of India and Pakistan to Japanese and Indonesian theatre, Asia Society presents a diverse mix of world-renowned performers.

Renowned Pakistani singer Arif Lohar, who will be performing at the Asia Society on April 27 - 28, 2012, is the subject of an article in the New York Times.

Hossein Alizadeh and Pejman Hadadi: Monad ?? ? ??
Friday, February 3 at 8 PM
The legendary composer, tar and setar player Hossein Alizadeh and renowned tombak player Pejman Hadadi come together to share and perform an evening of passionate and meditative improvisations in Persian classical music.

Hoichi the Earless: From the 'Kwaidan' Ghost Story
Saturday, February 25 at 8 PM
The supernatural tale of Hoichi the Earless (from Kwaidan) is given a surreal spin in a new interpretation by three innovative artists. Akiko Sakurai, master of satsuma biwa; saz player Kiyoshi Ohira; and renowned butoh dancer Kumotaro Mukai weave traditional and contemporary Japanese performance into a compelling new work.

The Last Mughals with William Dalrymple and Vidya Shah
Sunday, February 26 at 7 PM
Celebrated author William Dalrymple reads from his award-winning book The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857, accompanied by North Indian vocalist Vidya Shah. This evocative evening celebrates the bygone era of India's last Mughals through word and music.

In The Footsteps of Babur: Homayun Sakhi
Saturday, March 3 at 8 PM | Free pre-performance lecture at 7 PM
Celebrating the local tradition of Hindustani raga that has existed in Kabul since the 1860s, this concert pairs Homayun Sakhi, the greatest Afghan rubab player of his generation, with master sarod player Ken Zuckerman. They will be joined by the Afghan tabla virtuoso Salar Nader.

Javanese Wayang Kulit, Shadow-Puppet Theater of Indonesia
Friday, March 16 at 8 PM
A rare opportunity to experience a traditional Javanese shadow-puppet play, featuring renowned artist Ki Purbo Asmoro, who combines the skill of a supreme master with the voice of a poet and the energy of a rock star.

Sufi Music of Pakistan: Arif Lohar
Saturday, April 28 at 8 PM
Singing contemporized interpretations of traditional Punjabi songs, Arif Lohar--one of Pakistan's most beloved contemporary folk singers--captures the sights and sounds of modern Pakistani culture with a unique mix of pop and folk stylings. Joined by special guest Arooj Aftab.

The Great Debates: Jewish Talmudic Debate
November 29, 2011 6:30 - 8:30
Asia Society NYC

The Great Debates: Islamic Debate
December 8, 2011 6:30 - 8:30
Asia Society NYC