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Odori: The World of Kabuki Dance - April 10-11, 2010

  • Performances: April 10 & 11, 2010, 7:30pm;
  • at the Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC

  • Featuring guest dancers from Japan: FUJIMA Shōgo, IZUMI Tokuho, and FUJIMA Monyo
  • and costumers: KOMORI Shunsuke and YOSHIDA Miyuki
  • Produced by: TomoeArts in association with Theatre at UBC and Pangaea Arts

Odori: The World of Kabuki Dance was a special opportunity for audiences to explore a Japanese classical art form rarely seen on the Vancouver stage. In Odori: The World of Kabuki Dance was a concert of performances of kabuki dance by master guest artists, performed in full costume, wig, and make-up.

Kabuki theatre was the primary theatrical entertainment during Japan's Edo period (17th through 19th centuries), and odori was the dance form used in kabuki performances. Today, odori continues to charm audiences with intricate costumes, riveting characters, enthralling storylines and a vast array of moods. Many pieces within the odori repertoire are very much plays unto themselves, and the three master dancers TomoeArts invited from Japan: FUJIMA Shōgo, IZUMI Tokuho, and FUJIMA Monyo, are masters of odori. They joined TomoeArts' Artistic Director, Colleen Lanki (Fujima Sayū) in performing character-driven pieces from the odori repertoire.

photos by Trevan Wong

For more information on workshops, demonstrations and displays connected to Odori click HERE.

For more information on the guest artists click HERE.

To see more photos of Odori click HERE.

Read articles on the performance:

The Vancouver Sun
The Province
The Vancouver Courier
The North Shore News

Thanks to our partners and sponsors:

Cascadia Hotel and Suites, Artisan SakeMaker of Granville Island, Shuraku Sake Bar and Bistro, East Van Graphics, Trevan Wong Photography, Bill Maranda Productions, Marulilu Cafe