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September 19 - 21, 2016
Recycling: Washi Tales performance in Nara, Japan.

March 24 & 25, 2016
Recycling: Washi Tales performance at Asia Society, New York. March 24, 8PM: for info and tickets click here. March 25, 8PM: for info and tickets click here.

June 2015
ABLE 2015 Summer Conference: ART IN COMMUNITY – Lectures and presentation of Recycling: Washi Tales in Tokyo by creators Kyoko Ibe & Elise Thoron - about its educational and cultural impact. Click here for pictures.

May 2015
Recycling: Washi Tales receives Asian Cultural Council grant for Japanese premiere of Washi Tales in Nara, 2016. 

September 11 - 22, 2011

Premiere at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on September 17, followed by performances on September 22 at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in conjunction with an exhibition of Kyoko Ibe's work. Click here for video.

Click here for a blog entry from LACMA curator Hollis Goodale about Kyoko and the performance.

March 27 - 29, 2011

Workshop culminates in presentations of work-in-progress at New York Theatre Workshop during Japan Festival 2011. (Japan Foundation: Performing Arts Japan Collaboration Grant)

March 14 - 21, 2011

Creative Residency at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois. (Japan Foundation: Performing Arts Japan Collaboration Grant)

November 18, 2010

Presentation of an excerpt of the piece at Japanese Ambassador's residence in New York in celebration of Japanese-American cultural exchange with Asian Cultural Council and Japanese Consulate.

October 27 - November 9, 2010

Kyoko Ibe and Elise Thoron go to Egypt to plan tour of Recycling: washi tales and collaboration with local choreographer to add a "Papyrus Tale". (Japan Foundation, Cairo; Assuit University)

August 9-17, 2010

American actor, director in Tokyo to continue work with full company at Saison Foundation studio space. Preparatory work June 15 –July 16 in New York with Karen Kandel, Elise Thoron and puppeteer Caroline Reck in Mabou Mines studio. (Asian Cultural Council Fellowship).

December 1-7, 2009

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) – initial workshop to begin developing performance, culminating in presentation of work at NYTW. Additional Noh drumming workshop in school. Kyoko Ibe in USA as a Special Advisor for Cultural Exchange Agency of Cultural Affairs Government of Japan, Asian Cultural Council.

April-May, 2009

Asian Cultural Council Fellowship – writer/director Elise Thoron traveled to Japan for two months to work with paper artist, Kyoko Ibe, developing script and staging. Elise observed paper making in various sites in Japan, and met with a wide range of performers and musicians.

Supported in part by Asian Cultural Council, Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan, Japan Foundation, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, New York Theatre Workshop, Awagami Foundation.