This free, exquisite hour-long performance uniting Gin-ei (a type of Asian poetry) with Japanese drum and traditional performing arts features a cast of more than 50 singers and dancers and is presented in honor of the Nippon Ginkenshibu Foundation’s
Ginkenshibu is a collective term for the traditional Japanese performing arts “Gin-ei” (recitation of classical Chinese and Japanese poetry). “Recite the poem, then dance,” is the philosophy behind this exquisite art form.
The Nippon Ginkenshibu Foundation was established in 1968 with the aim of popularizing and promoting Gin-ei, Ken-bu and Shi-bu as traditional performing arts developed at various points in Japanese history and nurtured as examples of Japanese traditions. Ken-bu involves stylized movements derived from ancient martial arts. Basic actions, such as the way the swords are carried (paired swords), held and moved bear the influence of techniques and etiquette used in swordsmanship and combative technique. Shi-bu is another dance performed to Gin-ei, the difference being that the main hand prop is a fan. Learn more about the Nippon Ginkenshibu Foundation
Tsukasa Taiko, a program of Asian Improv aRts Midwest and a resident at Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago, offers taiko drum instruction, education and performances. Tsukasa Taiko’s mission is to preserve, develop and pass on the traditional concepts of Japanese art and cultural legacy, to instill an appreciation for artistic excellence, and utilize these concepts in expanding and evolving the taiko drumming art form. As an active performing group, Tsukasa performs more than 50 shows a year, both locally and internationally. Learn more about Tsukasa Taiko and Asian Improv aRts Midwest
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