Spectacle performed by Keiin Yoshimura and So Sugimura (playing the Shamisen), Japan
Kamigata-mai dance (whose greatest representative of modern days is Keiin Yoshimura) was born and developed in the Kamigata (Kyoto-Osaka) region of Japan in the 16th century. It was based on the dance tradition of Noh and Kyogen, taking some elements from the puppet movements of Bunraku. Typically, Noh, Kyogen and Bunraku are performed by men, while the dances of Kamigata-mai are mainly performed by women.
Mai is the awakening to soul.
Mai is the prayer for the Supreme.
Mai is the love of the Absolute.
And Mai is the beautiful nature of Japan.
With the "Mai" we will pray to ‘The One’ that the world will be a place to live in peace and love.
The spectacle begins with the song and dance "Yashima"(Is the name of a little japanese isle where a historical battle took place). One spring day, a monk in pillgrimmage, visits the place where the war took place. During the night he is visited by the ghost of general Yoshitsune. The night comes to the end as the general recalls his past deeds and keeps awake the monk with his stories. At dawn, the specre of general Yoshitsune vanisces withe the morning wind.
A musical interlude follows; it is used here to express the quiet tolling of a distant temple bell on a snowy evening. Lastly, Yuki, one of the most popular jiuta dances: the text tells the story of a Buddhist nun who has lived in a nunnery ever since she was disappointed by her lover as a young courtesan. The tolling of a temple bell in the snow reminds her of her past sorrows.
Keiin Yoshimura is a performer, choreographer and art director of Kamigata-mai dance, head of Yoshimura Keiin Kamigata-mai Studio and of Kamigatamaitomonokai, based in Tokyo, Japan. Keiin started to practice both Japanese traditional Kabuki dance and western classical piano playing at 5 years old. In 1974, she graduated from the Musashino University of Music. She has practiced Kamigata-mai with Yukio Yoshimura (5th head of Yoshimura School) and Kisho Yoshimura (6th head), Noh Theatre with the great master Hideo Kanze and Izumi Mikawa (one of the living national treasures of Japan), and the traditional martial arts Kendo and Kyudo. In 2000, she started the "Japan-India traditional performances exchange program” and since 2011 she is a Yoga Sironami (a teacher of yoga) and a teacher of Motoyama Merdien Exercises for Ki Practice.
INFO: Duration 60 min. Performed in: japanese. Entry prohibited after the beginning of the spectacle.
Monday 11th of april h 9.00 pm;
Saturday 16th of april h 3.00 pm
San Bartolomeo Church, Via Vittorio Veneto 34, Albino (Bg)
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