Recently I went Hokkaido to learn about tradition and culture of AINU.The highlight was learning three Koshiki Buyou (Ancient Dances) from dancers of Koshiki-Buyou Dan (Company), Ms. Takeko Kaizawa, Representative. It was arranged by and took place at SAPPORO PIRIKA KOTAN, Sapporo AINU Culture Promotion Center. (photo: front line center – Ms. Takeko Kaizawa, Left of her – Saeko Ichinohe)
During the trip I also had a profound experience to be acquainted with philosophy of AINU behind their life, observing their rituals and touring museum with a detailed guide.
The inspirations from the trip will be culminated into a new dance to be premiered at our New York Season performance in 2008 spring.
Saeko Ichinohe (Second from left)
SAEKO ICHINOHE DANCE COMPANY
(written on July 7, 2007)
Special Thanks: Accomplishments done in a limited period of time was made possible by assistance from many individuals in several organizations, such as Japan National Tourist Organization in New York, Hokkaido Prefecture Office and Sapporo
AINU Culture Promotion Center.
Background: Learning “Gosechi-no-mai” a traditional dance of the Heian perion (794-1185) made her to create dance “The Tale of Genji” in 1995.