excited to be welcoming Hana Yui to London.
performing with them in March at the following events:
a third show with Taiko Meantime and Hana Yui:
Tower, Regent's Plaza (near Warren Street tube station)
This performance is outdoors and therefore weather dependent!!!
this extra show only,
proud to be joined by Kodo's senior drummer:
Yui and Taiko Meantime joint performances
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Yui is a voice and dance group made up of Kodo members,
Chieko Kojima and Yoko Fujimoto, and Okinawan dance expert, Mitsue
Kinjo. Finding themselves together on Sado, they decided
to pool their talents and form a performing group. In addition
to performances, they also conduct workshops guaranteed to enliven
both body and soul.
Japanese word "hana" means "flower" and symbolises the youthful
energy that Hana Yui puts into their performances. The
word "yui" recalls the relationships formed in village Japan
when one family did not have enough members to plant its rice
or to replace its thatched roof and neighbours or other friendly
parties came along to help them. What bound the villagers
together was the spirit of "yui."
addition to their workshops and performances, Hana Yui has been
increasingly involved in the research and study of the local
song and dance traditions of its home Sado Island. Many
of these traditions are in danger of disappearing as the older
generation of practitioners gradually decreases. Like
their parent performing company, Kodo, Hana Yui is committed
to the preservation, transmission and presentation of the traditional
Japanese arts to younger generations of Japanese through the
medium of stage performance.
Hana Yui’s active involvement in the transmission of traditional
Japanese culture has begun to extend beyond the borders of Japan.
In 1999, Hana Yui was invited to perform at the North American
Taiko Conference in Los Angeles. At that time, a number
of taiko groups in the USA and Canada were inspired by Hana
Yui’s unique incorporation of song and dance into traditional
in March 2004, Hana Yui will come to the UK, to perform with
Taiko Meantime in London.
addition to performances, there will be opportunities for public
workshops with Hana Yui.
in Iwafune, Tochigi-prefecture, Chieko joined Ondekoza in 1976
and thus began her encounter with folk dancing. After the formation
of Kodo, Chieko made a niche for herself as a female and for her
original style of dancing in the taiko-based Kodo performance.
Since then, she has incorporated elements of Japanese folk dance,
such as Tsugaru Te-odori, and Balinese dance into her routine.
Throughout her career, she has made several journeys to different
parts of Japan in order to study with local practitioners of such
folk performing arts as O-tsugunai Kagura, Kurokawa Sansa, Nishimonai
Bon-dance, and Ayako-mai. In 1998 she was commissioned to choreograph
a dance for a local dance group in Shizuoka prefecture to be performed
at the premiere of the Kawaguchi-ko Festival.
in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Yoko graduated from the NHK School for the
Development of Skill in Japanese Music. In 1976, Yoko became
a member of the Ondekoza. After singing, dancing and playing
koto with the group, Yoko started to edit the newsletter of
the newly-formed Kodo. Since a 1988 concert appearance with
another Kodo member, Motofumi Yamaguchi, Yoko has started singing
once again -- to all of our delight. Yoko has also been
actively involved in passing on the art of singing to workshop
participants in the "Voice Circles" she has held on Sado Island
since 1995. Recently, she has been making regular visits to
Hokkaido to research the local song traditions of the Ainu.
Yoko has just returned from a performance and recording project
with "Circle of Fire," a collaboration of Japanese-American,
Indian, Japanese, and American musicians.
Mitsue Kinjo entered the Okinawan dance troupe "Hana no Kai"
in 1979 and was trained by Takako Sato. It was through her activities
in Okinawan dance that Mitsue first encountered Kodo. After
receiving the Okinawa Times Highest Award for Achievement in
the Performing Arts, Mitsue went on a extensive performing tour
of Taiwan and Japan. Later, Mitsue married a Kodo member and
moved to Sado Island. Mitsue first participated in the
Kodo Village Festival as a member of Hanayui, and has continued
to participate as a dancer in other capacities since then. In
1995, she became a certified master of Okinawan dance and opened
a dance studio two years later. Recently, she has served as
an instructor of Okinawan dance at the Kodo Cultural Foundation’s
Yui will be joined by Sado Island puppeteer Johnny Wales.
Johnny Wales first travelled to Japan in 1975 while studying
Asian culture at the University of Toronto. There he met Mr.
Moritaro Hamada, master of Bunya Ningyo puppet drama and Ondekoza,
the forerunner of Kodo. Since helping to produce their first
Canadian performances in 1976, Johnny has worked in many capacities
with Kodo, including those of translator, interpreter, lighting
director, and illustrator and founding editor of the Kodo Beat.
In 1977, he travelled to Sado Island to study Bunya puppetry
full time under Mr. Hamada. By 1978 he was teaching members
of Kodo and local school children under Mr. Hamada's aegis.
Since then he has performed Bunya puppets throughout Japan,
Canada, France and Great Britain. He is also and illustrator
and his watercolour paintings and commentary in Japanese about
Tokyo have been published each week in the world’s largest circulation
newspaper, The Youmiuri Shimbun. Johnny lives with his wife
Chieko in an old farmhouse on Sado Island.
out more about Johnny Wales at: www3.ocn.ne.jp/~wales/
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