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Aug. 4, 2014
 
National Theatre Okinawa to Perform in South America – Male dance troupe performance brings new perspectives to Ryukyuan arts (Aug. 20 – 29, 2014)
 
In order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Japan-Bolivian diplomatic relations and the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Colonia Okinawa, a farming settlement of Okinawans in Bolivia, the Japan Foundation in cooperation with the National Theatre Okinawa will organize a Ryukyu-Okinawa traditional performing arts tour in three cities in Bolivia. The performance will also be held in two cities in Brazil right after the 2014 FIFA World Cup to build momentum for the 120th anniversary of the conclusion of the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation between Japan and Brazil in 2015.
The five dancers and four musicians handpicked by Michihiko Kakazu, the internationally successful artistic director of the National Theatre Okinawa, form a strong group of young male actors engaged in vigorous efforts to preserve and innovate Okinawa’s traditional performing arts. They intend to present to the diverse South American audience different attractive features of Okinawa’s traditional dance, music, and theatre ranging from classic works to cheerful and light-spirited pieces.
Dancers: Osamu Aka, Satoru Arakaki, Naoya Ishikawa, Michihiko Kakazu, Yoshikazu Sanabe, and Shigeo Miyagi Chorus: Toshimichi Arakaki, Sanehito Takamiyagi, Kazuki Tamashiro, and Itsuo Nakamura Artistic director: Michihiko Kakazu Stage director: Michiaki Nakamura
+Dates/Venue:
Brazil
Aug. 20 at Teatro Gazeta, Sao Paulo
Aug. 22 at Cidade das Artes, Rio de Janeiro
Bolivia
Aug. 24 at Asociación Boliviano Japonesa de Okinawa, Colonia Okinawa
Aug. 26 at Centro Social Japones de Santa Cruz, Asociación Boliviano Japonesa de Okinawa, Santa Cruz
Aug. 29 at Teatro Municipal de La, Paz (La Paz)
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