Waves Across Time: Traditional Music and Dance of Okinawa

Friday / March 25, 2022 / 8 p.m.

Waves Across Time: Traditional Music and Dance of Okinawa

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Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s return to Japan from the United States, the prefecture’s most skillful artists illuminate a rich cultural heritage in a program curated by the artistic director of the National Theatre Okinawa, Michihiko Kakazu. Accomplished and exquisite, these expert performers capture the elegant court dance and stylized musical-theater (kumiodori) of the Ryukyu Kingdom (15th–19th centuries), as well as the lively folk dances (zo-odori) and cheerful rhythms of ensemble music on sanshin, koto, fue, kokyu, and taiko. The sumptuous bingata costumes and the music’s iconic use of pentatonic scales burnish Okinawa’s distinctive artistry.

This engagement is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets: $27 for the general public; $6 for non-Lafayette students with valid I.D.
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The Albert Seip Memorial Fund Performance