Okinawan Dance & Music Workshop + <em>Onnagata</em> Demonstration

Okinawan Dance & Music Workshop + Onnagata Demonstration

Saturday, September 19, 2015

1–4 PM

Leading alumni and faculty from the prestigious Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts teach the basic moves and melodies of traditional Okinawan dance and music. Participants will learn the dance Karaya, have the opportunity to try the sanshin (Okinawan shamisen) and witness a behind-the-scenes demonstration of a performer transformed into an onnagata (male actors who impersonate women) on stage. Max 20 participants. Some dance/movement experience required. Participants must wear socks and activewear (no jeans).

Tickets: $45/$40 Japan Society members

Part of Okinawan Vibes
Japan Society presents a three-month-long series that introduces the unique culture of Okinawa, Japan’s southern islands, and highlights its sounds, flavors, colors and history.

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Traditional Dance from Okinawa with Live Music and Okinawa Dance & Music Workshop + Onnagata Demonstration is supported by Okinawa Prefecture, Okinawa Prefectural Foundation for Cultural Promotion (Program for Okinawan culture in fiscal year 2015) with the assistance of Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts and Theater Create Co., Ltd.

Photo: Izumi Higa © Seiyu Takano.

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