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Karen Kandel

United States

Grants Awarded

2006 | Theater | Japan

to study and observe classical Japanese dance and music and to interview geisha in Japan


Flutes of Hope

March 3, 2017

Flutes of Hope, which debuted at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 2012 and is led by ACC's former Director Ralph Samuelson, is an annual music program paying tribute to the resilience and compassion of the Japanese people following the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor calamity of March 2011. Now commemorating the sixth anniversary of this unprecedented triple disaster, Flutes of Hope reaches out to the spirits of those lost and honors the selfless dedication of those rebuilding their communities.

This year’s program is inspired by the themes of the Cathedral’s Dignity Initiative and The Christa Project and features poems written by earthquake survivors in Fukushima and neighboring regions.

Participating artists are ACC grantees Elizabeth Brown, shakuhachi and silver flute; Eiko Otake, recitation and dance; Karen Kandel, recitation; and performers Ralph Samuelson, shakuhachi; Steve Gorn, bansuri; Sylvain Leroux, fula flute.

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Performance / United States

The Assignment

April 19, 2017 - May 7, 2017

The world premiere of The Assignment, an original play by Camilo Almonacid, developed by Houses on the Moon Theater Company, in association with Rhymes Over Beats, and directed by Emily Joy Weiner, features Erick Betancourt as Julian J. Torres, and ACC grantee Karen Kandel as Helen Payne in this two-character play about an English professor who is shaken when a student's personal essay reopens long buried wounds.

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Grantee: Karen Kandel

Special Event / United States

Recycling: Washi Tales

November 10, 2017 - November 18, 2017

A performance of four tales of paper making from Japanese history unfolds in the worl created by distinguished paper artist, Kyoko Ibe.

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Grantees: Elise Thoron, Karen Kandel, Sakurai Makiko, Soeda Sonoko