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Classical Japanese Dance: Performance, Talk, and Workshop with Kaya

October 1, 2023 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Nihon Buyo artist Kazuko Kaya Yamazaki will perform two solo pieces, an excerpt from a Kabuki dance that premiered in 1820 and another from a celebratory piece danced to the oldest nagauta song, composed around 1720.

Following the performance, Kaya will give a short talk about classical Japanese dance and what she has learned through her decades of experience as a performer, teacher, and anthropologist.

After the short talk, Kaya will give a workshop. No prior experience is necessary to participate. You may also choose to watch rather than participate. The workshop will have three parts. It will begin with basic foot, hand, and head movements and their combination. The second part will be about rhythmic patterns called yatton and tottan, performed with stamping, chanting, and iki (breath). Finally, participants will have a hands-on (literally!) experience of learning how to use the sensu (Japanese “fan” for dancing).

All ages are welcome.


Japanese Dance LLC
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Bainbridge Dance Center
844 Madison Ave N
Bainbridge Island, 98110
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