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Yūko-kai 2017
Learning from Fujima Shôgo

a concert in honour of master Japanese dancer Fujima Yūko

Colleen Lanki (Fujima Sayū) and Ryan Caron

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 2-3pm

Carousel Theatre Studio
Granville Island - 1411 Cartwright Street,

By donation at the door

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 Sayū 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 Shōgo) her core artistic lineage is with her first teacher.

IN 2016, longtime TomoeArts member and collaborator Ryan Caron spent 6 months in Tokyo studying dance from Fujima Shōgo. This concert will feature Ryan performing dances from Fujima Shōgo's repertoire, specifically otokogata or male form pieces. Dances include sections of Matsu no Midori (The Green of the Pine), Kyō no Shiki (The Four Seasons of the Capital), and Yariyakko (The Low Ranking Samurai with a Spear), and Colleen (Fujima Sayū) will dance Tamagawa. Ryan and Colleen will also talk about their experiences studying and working with Fujima Shōgo. Shōgo-sensei has performed in Vancouver twice, in Odori: The World of Kabuki Dance and Shamisen and Kabuki.

Come and enjoy an afternoon of dance and sharing.

click here for a map to the Carousel Theatre Studio
• The studio is located near the Children's Market and Granville Island Brewery. •

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