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.

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