Monday, August 9, 2010

Performance: From Hiroshima to Hope

Recently, I was asked by another member of Kabuki Academy to help create a dance for the From Hiroshima to Hope event on August 6th. It was an incredible experience thanks to the wonderful people I worked with, the serious subject matter, and the opportunity to create something outside the boundaries of traditional dance.

I am grateful for this rare opportunity.

From the event: Iori Yoshimura, in the role of a widow survivor of the atomic bomb in the dance tonight, is a Japanese dancer and choreographer. She started Japanese dance when she was learning Method Acting in London, and continued training in Japan and the US. She currently belongs to the Kabuki Academy, a Japanese classical music and dance company in Seattle and Tacoma. Heather Porter, in the role of Pika in the dance, has studied and performed Japanese classical dance with the Kabuki Academy since 2001. The dance is accompanied by Denny Moore, who has been playing Native American flute since 1983. Denny, who served four years with the Army Security Agency during the Vietnam era, is a member of the Nipponzan Myohoji temple on Bainbridge Island and a dedicated peace activist.

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