Artist Akiko Tokuoka receives $ 5,000 grant from the City Artists Corps of the NY Foundation for the Arts and the NYC Department of Culture

Performance artist Akiko Tokuoka is one of 3,000 New York-based artists to receive $ 5,000 through the City Artist Corps Grants program, presented by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and the Queens Theater.

Akiko Tokuoka has been honored for Tanabata 2021, which will present a theatrical performance in Manhattan’s East Village on October 24 at 6 p.m. ET. Admission is free and seats are limited, and it’s first come, first served. Doors open at 5.30 p.m. Proof of Covid vaccination will be required and verified before entering.

She will perform an expanded version of “Tanabata 2021” which she debuted in May 2021 at the Theater for the New City. While the original version of the play was 8 minutes long, Akiko notes that for this presentation, she will “lengthen it and add two more performers: Noriko Sato, an incredible actress and star of BATSU! NYC, and the accomplished dancer of NYC Paris. Cullen. ” Jay Painter, artistic director and founder of Face Off Unlimited, creators of BATSU “East Village Sensation” (Asian Fusion)! NYC, will lead.

Tickets are free, limited and available now at Proof of vaccinated Covid for customers 12 years and older required. Children under 12 can enter with proof of a negative Covid test within 72 hours of the performance.

The story, adapted with help from another Face Off Unlimited member and another BATSU! New York actor William Kean, who is a stand-up comedian and comedy writer, is based on a traditional Japanese myth about two cursed lovers – Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair) – who are only allowed to meet only once. one year on July 7. This contemporary tale includes comedies with Hip Hop, Vogue and traditional Japanese dances. Miss Tokuoka highlights the themes of anti-racism, multiculturalism, genderlessness and diversity. When asked what she hopes to accomplish with this piece, Akiko explained, “Thanks to the humor and romance of this piece, and expressed through my contemporary New York street style, I can bring more people in the multicultural, anti-racism and diversity. conversations. “

A dancer, choreographer and performer from Kyoto, Japan. Akiko arrived in the United States in 2004, and joined the cast of BATSU! NYC, an authentic Japanese themed dining experience with interactive entertainment, in April 2019.

Based in New York City, Face Off Unlimited specializes in immersive entertainment, improvisation, and creative content development. Visit to learn more about FOU. For more information on BATSU! visit or email groups @ batsunyc.

Over three award cycles, more than 3,000 artists will receive grants of $ 5,000 to engage audiences with artistic activities in New York’s five boroughs this summer and fall. Artists can use the grant to create a new work or phase of a work, or re-stage pre-existing creative activities in any discipline.

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