Kabuki Dance

March 31, 2012
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Celebrate cherry blossoms and spring at Japan Society! Encounter the elegant and refined art form of nihon buyo, traditional Japanese dance, led by master dancer Bando Kotoji to the accompaniment of live music. From his vast repertoire, Kotoji has selected four vibrant dances for this Kabuki Dance program, including the celebratory Sanbaso dance (「三番叟」); the sorrowful Cho no Michiyuki dance (The Last Journey of Two Butterflies 「蝶の道行」), about two lovers who meet in the afterworld as butterflies, the dramatic dance Tamatori Ama (The Pearl Diver, 「珠取海女」) about a woman in search of a stolen treasure; and Yoshino-yama (Yoshino Mountain, 「吉野山」), an excerpt from the famous kabuki play Yoshitsune Senbon-zakura, Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees, whose story is set on the mountain famous for its magnificent cherry blossoms.

Pre-Performance Lecture: Shamisen Music and Kabuki Dance

Dr. Sachiyo Ito, NY-based nihon buyo expert who has taught and lectured on Japanese traditional dance for over 40 years, will present on the history of the role of shamisen music in traditional Japanese dance and theater. One hour before all showtimes. Free to ticket holders.

Part of Sakura — Spring Renews, Beauty Blooms.

$50 /$40 Japan Society members

For Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 PM
includes prime seating and private MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception.*

These events are SOLD OUT.
A wait-list will begin at the box office 1 hour prior to the start of the performance.

The East Coast tour of the Kabuki Dance program also includes:
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 23,
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, March 25,
Boston Japan Society at The Paramount Theatre on Tuesday, March 27,
& Towson University on Sunday, April 1.

Part of Sakura—Spring Renews, Beauty Blooms.

The five-city East Coast tour of the Kabuki Dance program is organized by Japan Society and funded by The Japan Foundation in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of cherry trees to Washington, DC and New York City.


* MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception is support provided by MetLife Foundation.



  • Saturday, March 31, 2012
  • 2:00 pm