Pappa Tarahumara

Just a heads-up if you don’t have plans for tonight. We saw Pappa Tarahumara‘s Island last night at the Japan Society and it was really fantastic, magical even. This is their first time in America, though they’ve been touring internationally for over twenty years. The company has a vast body of work, all directed by Hiroshi Koike. I’ve been told that Island, though an older work (from 1997) is emblematic of their aesthetic. Combining dance, theater and elaborate, evocative vocalizations somewhat reminiscent of Meredith Monk, Koike creates really unique performances. The actors – a man and a woman – are both excellent. I’ll admit, I couldn’t always follow what was going on in a literal sense, but I was riveted the entire time. These are really consummate performers.

It is a bit of an expensive ticket for downtown folks, but if you can afford it, go. Who knows when they will come back to New York? Info below.


Pappa Tarahumara in Island
Thursday & Friday, March 2 & 3
7:30 pm

Island is the stunning New York debut of the performance group Pappa Tarahumara. A man and a woman play out their self-isolating hallucinations in a stark space with startling, rich poetic expressions, exploring the theme of boundaries created by geography, age and gender. Melding text, song and dance into a unique performance style à la installation art, this tragic duet-piece based on Gabriel García Márquez’ A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings is one of the most intimate performances in the company’s repertoire.

Tickets: $30/$25 Japan Society members. CLICK HERE to Purchase tickets online.


Unless otherwise noted, all programs will be held at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017 (between First and Second Avenues).

Order tickets in person at the box office an hour before curtain, online at or call the Japan Society box office, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4:45 pm at (212) 715-1258.

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