Waves Across Time: Traditional Music and Dance of Okinawa


March 27, 2022 | 3:00PM
Logan Center Performance Hall

$40 | $20 under 35 | $10 Students

Waves Across Time: Traditional Music and Dance of Okinawa

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Okinawa's return to Japan from the U.S., a group of the islands' most exquisite dancers, specially selected by the young artistic director of the National Theatre Okinawa Michihiko Kakazu, will perform a diverse repertoire of Okinawan traditional performing arts accompanied by live music. From the brightly-dyed bingata costumes to the island music's iconic use of pentatonic scales, audiences are invited to relish the history and heritage of Japan's southernmost prefecture.

Performers include:
Michihiko Kakazu, dancer
Takumi Tamaki, dancer
Takahiro Uehara, dancer
Takana Kojima, dancer
Sayuri Chibana, dancer
Itsuo Nakamura, uta-sanshin, voice and sanshin instrument
Kazuki Tamashiro, uta-sanshin
Yoshimori Nakamine, uta-sanshin
Hokuto Ikema, koto
Satoshi Iritakenishi, fue
Yukihiro Gushi, taiko

Supported by the Japan Society and co-sponsored with the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago with support from a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Presented in partnership with International House.

The North American tour of Waves Across Time: Traditional Dance and Music of Okinawa is produced and organized by Japan Society, New York, NY, and supported, in part, by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council; The JEC Fund; the National Endowment for the Arts and The Asahi Shimbun Foundation. This engagement of Waves Across Time: Traditional Dance and Music of Okinawa is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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