Performance past event

Okinawa Kumiodori – Traditional Okinawan Dance/Theater with Live Music

September 30, 2004
Okinawa Kumiodori – Traditional Okinawan Dance/Theater with Live Music

Experience the rare elegance and vibrancy of Okinawa Kumiodori, the unique theater form of Okinawa. Influenced by kabuki and noh theatrical motifs this art form is a beautiful blend of stylized singing, dialogue, dance and music. The stories told through Kumiodori reflect the ancient legends and rich history of Okinawa, often with themes of romance and separation, parental and filial love, and revenge. Visually and aurally stunning, this art form was designated an Intangible Cultural Asset by the Japanese government.  Kumiodori originated from public entertainment in the early 18th century and was perfected through the history of interaction between Japan, Korea and China.


Regular program
Thursday, September 30 at 7 pm
Friday & Saturday, October 1 & 2 at 7:30 pm
 • Traditional court music and dance
 • Kumiodori: Nido Tekiuchi, a renowned revenge play in which two brothers disguise themselves as dancing girls to avenge their father’s murder.


Tickets: $35; Japan Society & World Music Institute members $30.


Family program matinee
Sunday, October 3 at 2 pm
 • Traditional court music and dance
 • Kumiodori: Excerpt from Shushin Kane-iri. a classic play in which Buddhist monks battle a demon


Tickets: $25; children 12 & under $10.


In Japanese with English subtitles. A pre-performance lecture demonstration, free to ticket holders, begins one hour before show times.

  • September 30, 2004 – October 3, 2004