Against the backdrop of the Art Gallery of NSW exhibition, Theatre of dreams, theatre of play: nō and kyōgen in Japan (14 June – 14 September), this series looks at a selection of genres from Japan’s rich spectrum of performing arts.


Reaching across centuries—from Noh, as a legacy of the middle ages, through to the contemporary phenomenon of Hatsune Miku—these talks explore both canonised and marginal artforms, and the histories, tensions and paradoxes that have shaped them.


Through unpacking Japanese approaches to expression, this series offers new ways of understanding what performance is—or what it can be.

Getting there
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is located to the east of the Sydney CBD, beside the Domain and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Dates: Wednesdays, July 23 – August 27 (except July 30)
Time: 6:00pm – 7.00pm (doors open 5.45pm)
Centenary Auditorium
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney
Free. No Bookings required.
Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Enquiries: / 02 8239 0055
About the exhibition at AGNSW
Japan Foundation, Sydney
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