2017 / Japanese cultural center to present “Kotohajime” performance at Aratani Theatre, Jan. 8

"Kotohajime" performance at Aratani Theatre (Courtesy of the JACCC)

“Kotohajime” performance at Aratani Theatre (Courtesy of the JACCC)

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center will present Kotohajime to celebrate the Year of the Rooster with the theme Hatsu-Geshiki or “First Scenery” on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 1:00 pm at Aratani Theatre. Tickets are $20 for general.

Curated by Artistic Director Hirokazu Kosaka, the original Kotohajime performance is a visual delight and artistic achievement, with dazzling performances and live music, accompanied by an award-winning set design.

2017 artists include Indian dance troupe Arapana Dance Company (Ramya Harishankar), Japanese classical dancer Nakamura Gankyo, the Colburn School’s Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, Leclat Quintet from UCLA, and a video installation by Carole Kim.

The ritual shooting of the arrow – a purification ceremony – will be performed by IKKYU of the Los Angeles Kyudo Archery Group.

Following Kotohajime, audiences will be invited to the opening of the 19th Annual Shikishi Exhibition in the Doizaki Gallery at the JACCC building, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles CA 90012. www.jaccc.org