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Call for dancers

Tue, Jan 31


NCC Laub Lounge

Call for dancers

No experience required. You get to experience wearing Japanese traditional dress and makeup once you register this event!

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Time & Location

Jan 31, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

NCC Laub Lounge , 3835 Green Pond Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18020, USA

About the event

*You are required to attend both reversal on Jan 31, 2023 at 3-4pm at Laub Lounge and stage on Feb 2, 2023 at 7pm at Lipkin Theatre.

A classical dance performer Hana Takehiro will come to NCC from Japan as an instructor to coach you some traditional dance movements and steps to complete a song.

About Hana Takehiro

Her dance style called Nihon Buyo which is a dance based on the techniques of Kabuki dance. It developed from the male-only Kabuki theatre after the 16th century Edo period, and has incorporated dance by female performers.

Her Nihon Buyo Hana yanagi dance institute created a song called Samidare, meaning an early summer rain or May rain made in February 1924, during the Taisho period in Japan.

This dance, Vision of Samidare, takes place On the banks of the Pond in the May rain(tsuyu), a beautiful woman holding dark blue eyes umbrella gets lost in thought and staring at iris sanguinea.

This figure was drawn to appear in the scene of a flying swallow, sounds of bell, and Japanese zither(koto) instrument and created this lyrical song. Utagawa Kunisada created those ukiyoe images and images used to produce Samidare song.

The song was composed by Sakichi Kineya in Edo period. A 4th generation composer, he was introduced to long epic songs with shamisen accompaniment which present a song like a performance. He composed many songs during WWII and protected and handed down this Japanese traditional dance performance style to future generations. Samidare is known as the most extraordinary creation and popular song through Japan since the 19th century.

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