Tag ‘Workshop Performances’
The tour finale for the fall Workshop Performance Tour was on Miyakojima, an island in Okinawa.
It was our first performance there in 12 years, which meant it was the first visit there for most of the cast on this tour.
We had the opportunity to meet people who have been cheering on Kodo since the ensemble first came to Miyako Island in the eighties.
I know Sado is also an island far from mainland Japan… but I was so happy to see people on this far-away island who were so passionate about our group. I played taiko for them, already hoping for the chance to come back here again.
The beautiful sea around Miyakojima was breathtaking!
Our long tour had clocked up twice the length of Japan in mileage. When we got to Miyakojima, everyone we met was so kind, so it was such a feel-good place for us to conclude our performances.
Kodo Workshop Performance in Ono, Kyoto
This venue is very close to where Tsuyoshi Maeda grew up and many of people who have supported him all along came to see this performance.
Tsuyoshi was so relaxed as he played taiko and sang songs to this audience in response to their warmth and hopes. I’m sure he has kept improving since childhood by performing for them, gaining skill with each performance. I felt that I saw his true roots through this performance. We all enjoyed performing in such a warm atmosphere.
This Workshop Performance programme, directed by Tsuyoshi, premiered at the end of 2013. This current tour is the last tour for this particular programme. We have improved as a small ensemble through our performances every day. I know I will enjoy performing this programme right until the very end of our tour!
After our School Workshop Performances in Yawatahama, Ehime, we took a ferry to Kyushu for our performances in Kumamoto Prefecture.
Sep. – Oct. 2014 Schedule http://www.kodo.or.jp/oet/index_en.html#schedule09b