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NIHON BUYO in the 21st Century: From Kabuki Dance to BoléroNIHON BUYO in the 21st Century: From Kabuki Dance to Boléro

NIHON BUYO in the 21st Century: From Kabuki Dance to Boléro

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Feb 3, 2024

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Zilkha Hall

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Mon, Dec 18

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Presented by Japan-America Society of Houston & Japan Society

For one-night only, Japan-Society of Houston (JASH) in partnership with Japan Society of New York present Nihon Buyo (literally “Japanese Dance”), an elegant, refined art form performed by artists skillfully trained in kabuki dance.

For over half a century, JASH has been building connections between Texas and Japan through arts and culture.  It is an honor to be a part of the Japan Society’s annual performing arts tour.  This presentation will feature dance pieces Toba-e and Boléro, along with performances by Japanese musicians playing traditional Japanese instruments.

Toba-e is a charming comedic work in the style of kabuki dance, based on the animal-centric Japanese caricatures of the same name.  Boléro is a riveting new dance set to French composer Maurice Rovel’s score, retelling the heartbreaking and vengeful legend of Anchin and Kiyohime.  Expertly choregraphed by esteemed Hanayagi Genkuro, the works will offer a unique insight in Japanese culture and deliver indelible, ravishing images featuring esteemed Hayanagi Motoi and rising star Azuma Tokuyo (also known as Nakamura Kazutaro in kabuki theater).

Prior to making its Texas debut, NIHON BUYO in the 21st Century will be presented in New York at Japan Society and in Washington, D.C. at The Kennedy Center.

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