KICK-OFF FESTIVAL SEASON WITH US!

OPENING CEREMONY

Kick-off the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival and watch world-renowned performers as we welcome springtime to Washington, DC!

Celebrate the anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan to the United States while enjoying spirited traditional and contemporary performances in the historic Warner Theatre, made possible by DENSO International America Inc.

“Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live

Don’t miss the North American debut of the “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live performance!

The series, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, written by Naoko Takeuchi, debuted in Nakayosi, a leading girls’ comic magazine published by Kodansha, in 1991. As a new type of performance based on this series, “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live has clearly distinguished itself from a conventional musical.

The cast members of the show will make their North American debut at the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Opening Ceremony, where special selections* from the show will be performed.

Please note – the full 80 minute “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live show will debut the following day, March 24, and requires a separate ticket.

Yusaku Mochizuki (Mochi)

With thrilling showmanship, Yusaku Mochizuki raises the bar of live performance:
incorporating tap dance, video art, LED diabolos, digital poi sticks, and more, he is an
outstanding entertainer for the 21st century.

World Champion performer Yusaku Mochizuki was born in Shizuoka, Japan and started juggling in 2001 when he was 13 years old. Now he works actively as an artist all over the world, and has been a member of the world-renowned performance group “enra” that fuses visual art, dance, and juggling. He has enjoyed presenting his act on TV as well as at festivals, theaters, and events worldwide, including the Cannes International Film Festival and the International Jugglers’ Association Individual Championship. For him, juggling is not just entertainment but a way to express himself that merges art, sports, and performing
arts.

Within the world of juggling, Mochizuki specializes in the diabolo, noted for his characteristic precision control and sense of extreme speed in his performances. Moreover, he has taken juggling beyond the circus and the street, experimenting with performances using video on many of the greatest stages in the world. In 2015 Mochizuki achieved his dream, winning gold at the International Jugglers’ Association world championship, officially becoming the world’s top diabolo artist.

Ikuko Kawai

Born in Kagawa, Japan. Earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees at Tokyo
University of the Arts.

Professor at Osaka University of Arts. Ikuko Kawai was born and raised in Kagawa, Japan. Kawai graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts with both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Currently, she is a
professor at Osaka University of Arts. She has performed with internationally renowned artists and orchestras, including the conductor, Myung-Whun Chung, and world famous tenor, José Carreras. Kawai’s talent extends beyond the classical music domain. She has collaborated with pop musicians such as The Gipsy Kings, with ballet dancers Farukh Ruzimatov and Tetsuya Kumakawa, as well as figure skater Shizuka Arakawa.

As a composer, Kawai has created music for TV dramas, advertisements and films. Her music is popular among the top figure skaters in the world; U.S. gold medalist, Michelle Kwan, performed to Kawai’s “Red Violin,” Japan’s premier skater, Yuzuru Hanyu, skated to Kawai’s “White Legend,” while Kanako Murakami chose “Violin Muse” for one of her performances.

Kawai began an annual solo performance, “The Tale of Genji – a musical narrative”, in 2016. She has also performed it at Nijo Castle, presented by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and at the Akasaka Palace, presented by Japan Tourism Agency.

Kawai wrote the theme song for the exhibition “Alberto Giacometti: Collection Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght” at the National Art Center Tokyo, that ran from June 14 to September 4, 2017.

In November 2017, she released her latest original album on Sony Music Japan International.

2000: Kawai debuted with her first album, “The Red Violin.”
2008: U.S. debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
2010: Composed the music for the film “Rail Track”, which won The Music Award of The Osaka Asian Film
Festival 2011.
2012: Composed the score to the film, “A Chorus of Angels”, which won the Outstanding Achievement in
Music Award at the 36 th annual Japan Academy Prize. She also composed the theme song for the Vermeer
Center Ginza.
2014: Two original albums “Violin on Ice Ikuko Kawai Best” and “The Melody-100 Years of Music” were released.
2015: French debut at the Paris Opera.

Notable international performances
2008: Carnegie Hall (U.S.) “Ikuko Kawai at Carnegie Hall 2008”
2010: Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall (Turkey), Fazıl Say Duo Concert
           Royal Albert Hall (England), José Carreras concert, guest appearance
2015: Opéra Bastille (France), Ikuko Kawai Concert de Violon,“I’Est rencontre I’Ouest”

TV & Radio programs

  • TV TOKYO, 100 Years of Music
    Airs Fridays 10:54PM-11:00PM (BS Japan, Wednesdays 9:54PM-10:00PM)
  • Nippon Broadcasting System, Ikuko Kawai Heart Strings
    Airs Mondays through Fridays 8:24AM-8:28AM

Kawai founded “Ikuko Kawai Mother Hand Fund” and was selected as the goodwill artist of “Japan for UNHCR”. She was appointed the goodwill ambassador of Japan Shrines and Temples Association.

Violin: Stradivarius (1715, affiliated with Osaka University of Arts)
Official Website: http://www.ikukokawai.com
Contact: http://www.ikukokawai.com/contact/

The 6821 Quintet

Created by The Ryuji Ueno Foundation as part of the Potomac Music-Lab Project, this classical ensemble was specially assembled for the National Cherry Blossom Festival and named to reflect the distance from Tokyo to Washington, D.C.

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