Tag ‘Koki Miura’
Concert in Yachiyo City, My Hometown
Last year I returned to my hometown, Yachiyo City in Chiba, with “Kodo One Earth Tour: Eternity.” This week, I am heading home again with Kodo for an Interactive Performance on May 14. I am really happy to have these opportunities to perform in my hometown.
I will play the big drum (O-daiko) with all my might!
May 14 (Sat), 2016 Yachiyo-shi Shimin Kaikan, Yachiyo, Chiba http://www.kodo.or.jp/news/20160514koryu_en.html
Setting off on the Fall Tour of
“Kodo One Earth Tour 2015: Eternity”
The hot, hot summer has come to an end and the smell of autumn is in the air. Today the cast and crew for “Eternity” set off on our fall tour. Our first performance is in Yachiyo in Chiba and it just happens to be… MY HOME TOWN!
Kodo has been to Yachiyo before and I remember seeing a Kodo member, Yuichiro Funabashi, at a bookshop near the theater and asking him in a flurry if I could shake his hand. I was a high school student at the time and seems like a while ago now.
I saw Kodo perform on that stage in my hometown and now the day is approaching when I will perform on that stage as a Kodo member. I will do my best, Yachiyo!
“Eternity” Sep.–Oct. 2015 Japan Tour
Discography | Eternity
June 21, 2015
We have just finished our “DADAN 2015” concert series in Tokyo and now we are straight back into our “Eternity” tour around Japan.
“DADAN” is an explosive, pulsating, non-stop hard-hitting performance. “Eternity” is performed with control and fine attention to detail. These two performances are so different, and by performing both of them back to back, we can feel just how far our range of expression is broadening with time.
Tamasaburo Bando, our artistic director, said he wanted this production to express the workings of nature. Personally, I think that nature is inherently perfect and beautiful and, as a consequence, the “Eternity” performance is an extraordinarily beautiful production.
I want our audiences to enjoy just being in the same space as our performance. I want it to make them feel good. Please come along and experience the natural realm we create in “Eternity.”
“Kodo One Earth Tour 2015: Eternity” Japan Tour (June–July, Sep.–Oct.)
[June–July] Kanagawa, Saitama, Gunma, Chiba, Osaka, Nagano, Kyoto, Ehime, Hiroshima
[Sep. Oct.] Chiba, Ibaraki, Miyagi, Yamagata, Iwate, Akita, Shizuoka, Aichi, Hyogo, Tottori, Yamaguchi, Fukuoka, Kagoshima
June 8, 2015
Yesterday we gave a performance at the Joetsu Bunka Kaikan in Joetsu, Niigata. Since we are from Sado Island in the same prefecture, they gave us a very warm welcome with their applause. Thank you very much to everyone who came along.
At the theater, we received these treats.
The presenter gave us one of Joetsu’s own “soul foods”: Sando-pan (Sandwich Bread). I’ve been to Joetsu many times but I had never heard about sando-pan before.
Also, we received two iconic Niigata soul foods: sasa dango (sweet dumplings wrapped in sasa leaves) and chimaki (sticky rice dumplings)! They were all handmade for us by the mother of one of the staff members.
Two of our cast members, Mariko Omi and Kengo Watanabe, are from Niigata Prefecture. Mari loves chimaki and Kengo loves sasa dango, so they were both really happy! We all thoroughly enjoyed these treats!
“Kodo One Earth Tour 2015: Eternity” Japan Tour
We’re on Our Way!
Yesterday we saw the School Workshop/Interactive Performance tour group off from Kodo Village, and today it’s our turn! The “Eternity & DADAN” team is on its way!
We were sent off from Kodo Village with a taiko farewell and warm wishes.
We’ll travel safely and see you all soon!
We’re looking forward to see everyone at theaters around Japan for “Eternity” and in Tokyo for “DADAN”!
“Kodo One Earth Tour 2015: Eternity” Japan Tour
June 3, 2015
The School Workshop/Interactive Performance Team Sets Off from Kodo Village!
We only just got back to Sado Island after “Amaterasu” in Osaka, but after a few days of rehearsals, we are all heading off on tour again! Next on the agenda for Kodo we have the School Workshop/Interactive Performances, “Kodo One Earth Tour 2015: Eternity” around Japan, and “DADAN 2015” in Asakusa, Tokyo. The School Workshop/Interactive Performance team has set off first.
Safe travels, everyone!
▲Here’s a photo of us waving them off, taken from one of the departing cars.
I think that one of the highlights in “Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery” is the lion dance, Shishimai. The head is operated by Kosuke Urushikubo, who was an apprentice with me.
To sum it up in one word, it’s “cute.”
When you think of a lion dance in Japan, it may conjure images of a valiant beast dancing at a festival… but this Shishimai is a little different to that… or perhaps it’s quite different?
Please come along and see how Kosuke’s Shishimai interacts with the four female performers on stage.
Another piece to watch for Ajara, which I perform with Tetsumi Hanaoka, who is one year my senior, and Jun Jidai, who was an apprentice with me. In fact, the three of us have known each other since our high school days, so we know & understand each other very well. I would like to show you our trio’s synchronization in this piece. I think you’ll also enjoy seeing the performers operate the lighting under the new artistic direction of this piece!
“Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Mystery” Asakusa Performances
June 21 (Sat) – 25 (Wed) Asakusa Public Hall, Tokyo
▼About the Performance
Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Mystery
Asakusa Public Hall Tel. 03-3844-7491
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