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Yûko-kai 2017
Learning from Fujima Shôgo

a concert in honour of master Japanese dancer Fujima Yûko

Colleen Lanki (Fujima Sayû) and Ryan Caron

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 2-3pm

Carousel Theatre Studio
Granville Island - 1411 Cartwright Street,

By donation at the door

TomoeArts presents a concert of Japanese classical dance celebrating the life of master dancer and teacher Fujima Yûko (1929-2003). A group or gathering for performance or presentation can be termed "kai"so Yûko-kai is literally "a gathering for Yûko.

Fujima Yűko was TomoeArts' Artistic Director Colleen Lanki's first teacher of nihon buyoh. Colleen trained intensely with her for seven years, after which she was given a professional dance name, Fujima Sayû making her part of Yûko's artistic lineage. Fujima Yûko passed away on January 18, 2003 at the age of 74, days after a major performance at the National Theatre in Tokyo, and although Colleen has since been studying with another master teacher (Fujima Shôgo) her core artistic lineage is with her first teacher.

IN 2016, longtime TomoeArts member and collaborator Ryan Caron spent 6 months in Tokyo studying dance from Fujima Shôgo. This concert will feature Ryan performing dances from Fujima Shôgo's repertoire, specifically otokogata or male form pieces. Dances include sections of Matsu no Midori (The Green of the Pine), Kyô no Shiki (The Four Seasons of the Capital), and Yariyakko (The Low Ranking Samurai with a Spear), and Colleen (Fujima Sayû) will dance Tamagawa. Ryan and Colleen will also talk about their experiences studying and working with Fujima Shôgo. Shôgo-sensei has performed in Vancouver twice, in Odori: The World of Kabuki Dance and Shamisen and Kabuki.

Come and enjoy an afternoon of dance and sharing.

click here for a map to the Carousel Theatre Studio
• The studio is located near the Children's Market and Granville Island Brewery. •

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