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The Tale Behind ‘Genji’: A Conversation With Dr. Melissa McCormick and Nao Kusuzaki

Join acclaimed Harvard scholar Dr. Melissa McCormick and artistic director Nao Kusuzaki for an insightful talk about the classic novel The Tale of Genji, prior to the world premiere of the ballet Genji at Asia Society Texas on March 24.

Genji, a passionate and poetic new ballet by Nao Kusuzaki, is a contemporary retelling of the classic novel The Tale of Genji, about friendship, love, and the dynamics of power and social class in Heian period Japan. Dr. McCormick will provide an overview of The Tale of Genji and place it in the context of Japanese culture, global literature, and its influence on other art forms. Ms. Kusuzaki will discuss her artistic approach to creating Genji, the first ballet adaptation of this foundational masterpiece. The talk will include a question and answer period with the audience.

Genji was commissioned by Asia Society Texas.

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March 23, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Asia Society Texas Center
1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004 United States
713 496 9901
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