Heart of Japan:

An Evening of Kabuki Dance and Music

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 7:00pm
Location: Jewett Art Center Auditorium

The Heart of Japan: An Evening of Kabuki Dance and Music will present traditional Japanese dance by Ms. Michiko Kurata and Japanese instruments played by Mr. Kaoru Watanabe and Ms. Sumie Kaneko. A sushi reception will follow the performance.

Kurata has been performing traditional Japanese dance for 30 years. She studied “kabuki buyo,” a popular dance form derived from kabuki, under several masters of traditional Japanese dance in Japan.

Watanabe, a former member of the Japanese taiko ensemble Kodo, is a practitioner of various Japanese transverse bamboo flutes, the taiko drum as well as Western flute.  He has an international reputation for the soulful beauty of his flute and taiko.

Kaneko is a Japanese koto and Shamisen player, world music singer-songwriter and producer.  She studied Koto and Shamisen at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. She accompanies her instruments with voice for the Kabuki dances.

The performance will be preceded by a workshop on March 11, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM in the Alumnae Hall Ballroom. All are invited for a hands-on exploration of the Japanese instruments featured in the March 12 performance.