We are thrilled to open our season with a special dance and music program from Okinawa featuring a beautiful array of works from the classical court and popular folk repertoire. Through movement, symbolic props and tropical-colored costumes, these dances will take audiences on a trip through the rich and unique history and culture of Japan’s southern island chain.
For this performance, we are pleased to offer $20 student and group discount tickets by calling the Box Office at (212) 715-1258 and presenting a valid student ID.
A warm breeze from Okinawa opens the season with traditional dance from Japan’s southern islands. A group of leading dancers and musicians, who are also alumni and faculty members of the prestigious Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, perform refined court dances developed during the period when Okinawa was an independent kingdom (Ryukyu Kingdom, 15th-19th centuries), and playful folk dances (zo odori) that became popular after the end of the Ryukyu Kingdom. A stunning array of works depicting idyllic life on the islands, accompanied by seven musicians including instrumentalists and chanters, takes audiences on a trip through the rich history and culture of the archipelago.
A pre-performance lecture begins at 6:30 pm prior to each performance. Led by Dr. James Rhys Edwards, doctorate in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Open and free for ticket holders only.
Tickets: $40/$33 Japan Society members
The Friday, September 18 performance is followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception.
Part of Okinawan Vibes
Japan Society presents a three-month-long series that introduces the unique culture of Okinawa, Japan’s southern islands, and highlights its sounds, flavors, colors and history.
Co-presented with Yokohama Noh Theater.
All the best,
Intern, Performing Arts
Join us for Japan Society’s 2015-16 Performing Arts Season!