Yūko-kai - the early dances
a glimpse into the life and art of a master Japanese dancer Fujima Yūko through performance and personal reflection
Colleen Lanki (Fujima Sayū) and Ryan Caron
February 22, 2014 - 8pm
Anne Macdonald Studio
Presentation House - 333 Chesterfield Street,
Tickets $15 at the door (cash or cheque only) or in advance on Eventbrite
TomoeArts presents a concert of Japanese classical dance celebrating the life of master dancer and teacher Fujima Yūko (1929-2003). A group or gathering for performance or presentation can be termed "kai"so Yūko-kai is literally "a gathering for Yūko.
Fujima Yűko was TomoeArts' Artistic Director Colleen Lanki's first teacher of nihon buyoh. Colleen trained intensely with her for seven years, after which she was given a professional dance name, Fujima Sayű making her part of Yūko's artistic lineage. Fujima Yūko passed away on January 18, 2003 at the age of 74, days after a major performance at the National Theatre in Tokyo, and although Colleen has since been studying with another master teacher (Fujima Shôgo) her core artistic lineage is with her first teacher.
This concert will feature Fujima Sayū (Colleen Lanki) performing the first dance pieces she learned from Fujima Yūko, including parts of Fuji Musume (The Wisteria Maiden). Joining her will be her senior student Ryan Caron. The performance venue is small and personal, allowing for an intimate experience of the dances and connection to the performers. Colleen will also talk about her experience working with Yūko, offering a special glimpse into Fujima Yūko's studio, artistic practice and life.
click here for a map to the Anne Macdonald Studio The studio is a 10 minute walk from the Seabus. There is free parking.
Click here for an article on Yūko-Kai - the early dances in The Vancouver Shinpo in Japanese