Kabuki Dance Performance: A Tale of Obsessive Love. "The Maiden of Dojoji"

  • 13 Apr 2017
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • Diana Chapman Walsh Auditorium, Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College, 106 Central St. Wellesley, MA 02481
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Kabuki Dance Performance: A Tale of Obsessive Love. "The Maiden of Dojoji"

Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 7:30PM-9:00PM

Diana Chapman Walsh Auditorium, Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College, 106 Central St. Wellesley, MA 02481

Parking: Enter through the West Entry on Central St. Turn right, and the parking garage is on the right. Free parking.

Michiko Kurata (aka Hanayagi Sukekatsumi) will be performing a classic kabuki dance piece accompanied by two masters of traditional Japanese music. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see an authentic traditional Japanese performance with live music! 
 

Michiko Kurata is a master of traditional Japanese dance called nihonbuyo. Originally from Japan, she has performed in numerous major venues such as the National Theatre and the Kabukiza Theatre in Tokyo, and also in the United States and the UAE. After winning first place in the National Dance Contest in 1993, she gained her professional name of Hanayagi Sukekatsumi. She will perform a segment from Kyokanoko Musume Dojoji [The Maiden at Dojoji Temple] that tells the story of the pain of unrequited love. After a brief intermission, she will explain the meanings of the lyrics and the choreography. http://michikokurata.com/

Sumie Kaneko is a master in the traditional repertoire of shamisen and vocals. Originally from Japan, she has toured internationally and has been invited by the Japan Foundation as well at the embassies of Japan to perform at numerous venues in the US and abroad. Kaneko has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and has contributed to the Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. She will perform this Nagauta piece with shamisen and vocals. After the intermission, she will talk about shamisen and the traditional music of Musume Dojoji, and also perform her original songs that fuse jazz and traditional Japanese music. http://www.sumiekanekomusic.com/

Kaoru Watanabe is a Brooklyn based composer and musician, specializing in the Japanese taiko drum and shinobue flutes. After spending several years in Japan studying and teaching the taiko and flute, he has toured internationally, collaborating with numerous renowned musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and the National Living Treasure Bando Tamasaburo. Watanabe has performed his compositions at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kabukiza in Tokyo. After the intermission, he will talk about taiko and shinobue flute, and also perform his original pieces that has elements of traditional Japanese music and Western music. http://www.watanabekaoru.com/


Admission: Free and open to the public, reception to follow.

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