Reading of Suicide Forest at Ars Nova

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As part of the Makers Lab Residency at Ars Nova, we will be sharing a new play by Kristine Haruna Lee titled Suicide Forest Directed by Aya Ogawa, at Ars Nova May 4th at 3pm. The play will be read by an all Japanese/Japanese heritage cast. 

A despairing salaryman and a fed-up young school girl both decide to enter Japan's most notorious suicide spot, 'Aokigahara' or Suicide Forest, at the base of the national mountain. A nightmare play examining the sickness of a culturally uniform masculinity and the traditionally heroic performance of suicide. 

The Reading is free, but we ask that you make a reservation here

Help us launch Memory Retrograde!

We're gearing up for our showing of a new play titled MEMORY RETROGRADE on April 28 + 29 which closes our residency time at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. For the past 2 years, we've been creating this brand new piece from scratch and have been working towards this epic 3-part showing. We need your help to put this play up so we can invite folks into the room who can advocate for a full production in New York City in the very near future!

harunalee is Ars Nova's 2017 Resident Artist - Makers Lab!

We are thrilled to be joining the Ars Nova family in their inaugural Makers Lab! This lab provides a dynamic group of generative theater artists with individually tailored residencies for the next year, designed to holistically support their careers and develop their new works.

Thanks Ars, can't wait to get started!

Learn more about The Makers Lab and the other resident artists here

"Communing with You", a mother+daughter collaboration


Saturday November 19 @ 4pm
Brooklyn Arts Exchange
421 5th Ave. Studio D

*This event is FREE, but please reserve your seat here

A collaboration between Aoi Lee & Kristine Haruna Lee. 
Also featuring Maxwell Cosmo Cramer & Storm Thomas. 

Kristine Haruna Lee will be collaborating for the first time with Aoi Lee on a mother-daughter piece. They will be in residency together for two weeks at BAX developing a performance inspired by AL's butoh and KHL's writing. They will begin this process through images rather than conversation, as a way to bypass Japanese-English language barriers between the two of them. They will focus their findings on 'female metamorphosis', and it's relationship to reincarnation, memory, and spaces of 欲 (yoku) or desire. 

photo by Jonah Rathkopf

photo by Jonah Rathkopf

Read a preview piece about "Communing with You" in the Brooklyn Paper

Read an article in The Brooklyn Rail about BAX's 25th Anniversary and the AIR Open Studios by Jess Barbagallo, including excerpts by Kristine Haruna Lee. 

“I was really awestruck when she told me of her foray into performance, and all of a sudden we had a shared discourse, we could talk about practice, and most of all I loved hearing on the phone about the rush she’d get when performing. So I had this idea that she should come out to New York for a little while and we could create something together, collaborate beyond our usual mother-daughter relationship,” Lee writes to me. “My mother is Japanese, and I’m, well, it’s complicated because I’m half Japanese, half Taiwanese, and very American and I speak English pretty alright, but my Japanese is stunted at a third grade level. So we’ve always had communication issues, especially growing up. As we’ve been talking about how to work together, we’ve also been talking about creative language, or how to get around language creatively, and we decided to begin the process by sharing only visuals. We’ve been bi-coastal pen pals, but with images we want the work to look like, or images that are inspiring or terrifying to us right now.”
— The Brooklyn Rail