“OKUNI ~ Mother of Kabuki” in Vancouver on Granville Island at Studio 1398
【Title 】 OKUNI – Mother of Kabuki
【Schedule】 March. 1 (Wed) – March 10 (Fri) 8:00pm~
Matinee for Saturday March 4th& Sunday March 5th 3:00pm
Sunday March 5th Matinee only, Monday March 6th dark day
【Venue 】 Studio 1398 on Granville Island
【Concept / Director /Dancer/ Choreographer】Yayoi Hirano
【Musicians】 Sara Davis Buechner (Piano) / Minoru Yamamoto ( Flute)
【Kurogo -Stage assistant】Soramaru Takayama
【Creative Team】 Lighting Designer: John Webber / Dramaturg: Catherine Lee / Set Designer: Shizuka Kai
Costume: Fumiko Horan, Sachie Ono / Scenic Artist: Mariko Ando / Noh Masks: Yayoi Hirano
Video Designer: Kyle Stooshnov / Photographer: Yukiko Onley / Stage Manager: Jessica Keenan
【Show Length】 70min.
【Tickets】 $30 (Adult) / $25 (Seniors, Students, Non-profit Arts Employee) / $20 (Group of 10 or More)
*For tickets visit VIDF.CA or Phone 604-662-4966
【Supported by】 Canada Council, Granville Island Cultural Society
The Hamber Foundation, Consulate General of Japan.
【Producer and Contact】 YAYOI THEATRE MOVEMENT
Okuni was a female shrine dancer in the 17th century and is acknowledged as the creator of Kabuki, being the first performer of what came to be recognized as that style in Japan.
When she first became widely popular, both her dance style and costumes were considered sensational. Portuguese Christians had arrived in Japan in 1549 wearing their wildly different fashions from Japanese. Okuni often performed wearing Portuguese male pants with Christian cross around her neck!
That she was hired to dance for the Tokugawa Shogun (Supreme Warrior General) at Edo(Tokyo) castle shows how popular Okuni had become. However in 1615she mysteriously disappeared with no historical record of what happed to her.
In this performance called “Okuni”-Mother of Kabuki, regular Japanese life of the era and the kind of dances Okuni inaugurated will be shown, along with Yayoi’s unique mime and movement. Miko-dance, Bugaku, Noh, and others all exist to this day in contemporary Japanese performance practice.
This is a collaboration with Sara Davis Buechner.
From Sara Davis Buechner, classical concert pianist and Professor of Music at Temple University: It's my honor and pleasure to once again work with Yayoi Hirano, the extraordinary dancer / mime / mask-maker. To blend my own piano playing with her evocative movement is a unique artistic chamber music that I value profoundly.