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Salon Series 2017/18: an autumn of noh & a spring of odori

This year's Salon Series is connected to our major productions and projects, bringing some depth and insight to the topics and themes. We begin on October 19 with Komachi in Noh - to coincide with the premiere of our noh chamber opera Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited. We will look at how the great poet Ono no Komachi is portrayed in traditional noh plays. In March, Colleen Lanki (Fujima Say) will talk about her work creating an archive of her first dance teacher, Fujima Yūko's life and work in advance of our annual Yūko-kai in May which will feature two guest dancers from Japan.

All salons will be held at UBC's I.K Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall - in the Dodson Room or Chilcotin Room. The nearest parking to the Centre are the Rose Garden and North Parkades. Parking at UBC is $7 after 5pm. UBC Parking map. Presented by TomoeArts & UBC Library.

Entrance is free.

Komachi in Noh
Thursday October 19, 2017 - 7:00 to 8:30pm
I.K Barber Learning Centre, UBC
Dodson Room

In connection with the premiere of Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited (a noh chamber opera) we are offering an evening discussing the portrayal of the poet Ono-no-Komachi in noh. Komachi is the central character of our chamber opera, and the libretto is based on two of the most famous of noh plays featuring Komachi: Kayoi Komachi and We will watch some video footage of the original noh, and master noh actor Yamai Tsunao and other guest artists here for Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited will offer a live demonstration of some noh chant from the original play. Jin us for an in-depth discussion on noh and Komachi.

Image: Komparu School version of the noh play Kayoi Komachi featuring Yamai Tsunao as Komachi.

The World of Yūko-sensei
Monday March 5, 2018 - 7:00 to 8:30pm
I.K Barber Learning Centre, UBC
Chilcotin Room - Room 256

Artistic Director Colleen Lanki's first teacher, Fujima Yūko (1929-2003) was a remarkable dancer, master teacher, and creative artist. She began her study of Japanese classical dance at the age of six, studying with Fujima Sue with a community of unique and creative women connected to the Shimbashi geisha world. Fujima Yūko was rare in that she studied both kabuki odori and jiuta mai, and choreographed numerous original works, many based on famous literature or noh plays. Colleen Lanki is assembling an archive of Fujima Yūko's choreographies and repertoire, and will discuss this archive and show videos of these choreographies at this salon - all in preparation for our May 12 concert at the Dance Centre which will feature guest artists from Japan, Fujima Shōgo and Fujima Minako.

Image: Fujima Yūko after a performance of Kanda Matsuri in 1964 at the Mitsukoshi Gekijō.

Header Image: stage photo of the characters of Komachi and Fukakusa with otsuzumi player in the noh play Kayoi Komachi.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Province of British Columbia