Folk Music & Dance from Tohoku
Saturday, October 27, 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 28, 5:30 PM
Running time: 90 minutes
Experience a centuries-old folk music and dance tradition from northern Japan that even the ferocious earthquake and tsunami of 3/11 could not destroy. Hailing from Tohoku, a region often referred to as a "treasure chest" of folk arts, the practice of Kuromori Kagura, which represents a display of appreciation to the gods of Shintoism, can be traced back to the 17th century when it began in honor of the divine spirit of the Kuromori Shrine in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture. Designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset by the Japanese government, the group will perform a selection of dances from their vast repertoire which includes furious jumps, brisk turns and whimsical moves accompanied by percussion and fue (Japanese flute), revealing a whole new dimension of Japan's traditional performing arts.
Pre-performance Lecture led by William Lee, Associate Professor and Director, Asian Studies Centre, University of Manitoba. William Lee received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from McGill University in Montreal with a dissertation on kabuki. He taught for several years in Akita, Japan, where he also performed with a local kagura troupe. He is currently working on a book on the folk performance genre of kagura. One hour before each performance, free to ticket holders.
Video: 5 Things You Need to Know About Kuromori Kagura
$32/$25 Japan Society members.
Saturday, October 27 performance is followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception.
Buy Tickets Online or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. - Fri. 11 am - 6 pm, Weekends 11 am - 5 pm.
The four-city tour of Kuromori Kagura also includes:
Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), Thursday, November 1
Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA), Friday, November 2
Towson University (Towson, MD), Saturday, November 3
Special thanks to the TOMODACHI Initiative and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception support is provided by MetLife Foundation.