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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Let's Sing and Dance Performance in CA

Today, I am going to introduce information on two performances regarding traditional Japanese dance and music which will be held this weekend. Please check them out.

Uta yabira and Wuduyabira Performance
Sunday May 22nd, 2011 2:00 pm
$20.00 admission
James R. Armstrong Theater
(Torrance Cultural Arts Center)
3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance CA

On Sunday, May 22, at 2:00 pm at the James Armstrong Theater in Torrance, the Okinawa Association of America, Inc. (OAA) will put on their biennial program showcasing the unique performing arts of Okinawa.
The show’s title, “Utayabira Wuduyabira” is in the Okinawan language meaning, “Let’s sing, let’s dance.” Seventeen groups affiliated with the OAA Performing Arts Committee will put on a show filled with traditional and folk dance and music, including a koto performance, as well as the taiko drumming.
Okinawa is known throughout Japan and abroad as having a distinct flavor in the performing arts, due to once being an independent sovereignty known as the Ryukyu kingdom. Much of the influence of China and other Southeast Asian countries with whom they traded can be seen in the textiles, costumes, colors and music.With the occasional exception of modern pop songs of Okinawa, the sanshin, a three-stringed instrument is central to all of the classical and folk songs. More than 50 classical and folk musicians will be performing on the sanshin during the program. Okinawan dance schools that will be showcased include: Majikina Honryu – LA Association, Miyagi-ryu Nosho-kai Miyagi Nosho Ryubu dojo, Miyagi-ryu Nosho-kai Numata Michiko Ryubu dojo, Miyagi-ryu Toyomu-kai and Tamagusuku-ryu Kansenkai.
A Ryukyu koto performance will be given by Teruya Katsuko Sokyoku Kenkyukai, featuring classical and folk songs. Classical music school of Nomura-ryu Ongaku Hozonkai and minyo groups of Shima Minyo, Uesu Yoko Minyo, Aikohkai, Ishihara Haruo Minyo, Akabana Group Nishikawa Atsuko Minyo, Hanashiro Emiko Minyo, Kochi Yuki Minyo will also be part of the program.
Mitsufumi-ryu Taiko Hozonkai Gushi Atsushi Renjo will perform jointly throughout the show. Rounding out the program is the youthful and dynamic audience favorite, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko – LA branch.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through the various performing arts groups as well as through the OAA office at (310) 532-1929 or via email at  The James Armstrong Theater is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.

The stage picture in 2010.
Okinawa Utayabira

The stage picture on May 22nd, 2011

JI-Uta Mai performance 地唄舞公演
Saturday 21, 2011 8:00 pm
Free admission
Merce Cunningham Studio
55 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014
Performance by Master Junko Tano Japanese dance school and her school members.
JI-Uta mai is a form of Japanese traditional dance which assimilates movements from Noh dance and Kabuki dance.

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