15th Year Anniversary Concert of the Salon Series

15th Year Anniversary Concert of the Salon Series

Venue: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York, NY

Dates: October 19th and 20th at 7pm, and 20th at 3pm, 2013

Detail of the Program:

Having served the New York community and the Tri-state NY area for the last 15 years as a resource for Japanese performing arts and culture, Sachiyo Ito and Company will celebrate the 15th Year Anniversary of Salon Series with a special concert of Japanese dance on October 19th, and 20th, 2013 at 7pm and 20th at 3pm at Tenri Cultural Institute. The concert will honor the years of community service, cultural exchange, and education experienced by over 3,000 audience guests who have attended Salon Series programs since 1998. The program will encompass the performing arts of Japan from ancient to contemporary.

The opening music, Gagaku, the ancient Japanese court music will be performed by Tenri Gagaku Society of New York. Most repertory of Gagaku was originally transmitted from China and Korea, and some include even those from mainland Asia dating back to the 6th century. The opening piece will be Etenraku, the most representative and celebratory music in the Gagaku Repertory. Accompanied by Etenraku, Etenraku Imayo will be sung while a dance, Miwayama will be performed as a purification rite in the ancient time.

Next work is based on the most influential literary work of medieval Japan, The Heike Monogatari (The Story of the Heike Clan), which spurred numerous Noh and Kabuki dramas and dances, as well as poetry, and painting since then. The literature had a major impact on the aesthetics of Japanese performing arts since then, by infusing a sense of impermanence with the teaching of Buddhism. The dance is titled Gion Shoja, and is an expanded piece from the one created in 2011.  Then the program will travel to Edo Era, 17th to the 19th century, and take place in Edo (Tokyo), where the feudal government was founded. The piece is from the Kabuki dance repertory, titled Sakura-gari (Cherry Blossom Viewing), depicting the commoners in Edo enjoying the flower-viewing. It is performed by 4 members of the company. The next classic work is a Jiuta-mai, entitled, Ama (The Fisher Woman).  The dance is based on a Noh play, Ama.  It depicts love of a mother for her son and her sacrifice for him. Jiuta-mai is a genre of Japanese classical dance that originated in the 19th century, and has gained a strong recognition in recent years.

Next, choreographed to Yamatogaku music, Soshun, as another example of Sosaku Buyo will premiere. Yamatogaku is a new school of classical music that was founded in 1933, while dance choreography using classical techniques is so called “Sosaku Buyo” (Creative Dance), which is increasingly popular in the Japanese classical dance circle. Soshun, means early spring, and indicates not only the season that sets the dance scene but also of the age of the main characters, the young ladies who are about to enter adolescence. The dance will be performed by 7 dancers. The final presentation is a contemporary and an experimental work, reflecting the mutual influence of Japanese and western art on each other. It will be an improvisational work for non-Japanese musical instruments such as a piano and harp, dance, poetry, recitation, and singing.

Dancers, musicians, and poets will include: Sachiyo Ito, Tenri Gagaku Society of New York, Dancejapan (dancers of Sachiyo Ito and Company), Beth Griffith, Constance Cooper, Tomoko Sugawara, John Stevenson, Yoshi Amao

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