March 21, 2011
Raise Funds for the Earthquake and Tsunami Victims of Tohoku Area of Japan!
Japanese Taiko & Dance Performance with Kodo Artist Chieko Kojima
Place: Asian American Cultural Center
Date: Thursday, March 24 2011
Time: 7:30 - 8:45 pm (Door open @7:00pm)
Fee: $15 for non-members; $10 JASGA members; Free12 & younger
Reserve ONLINE before the show. Seating is on a first come first serve basis. Performance starts @7:30pm. Door open @7:00pm.
Japan-America Society of Greater Austin hosts a Japanese Taiko and dance performance for a principal dancer of the internationally renowned Japanese drumming ensemble Kodo, Chieko Kojima. This performance is to raise funds for the earthquake and Tsunami victims of Japan. With the help of Martha Durham, Austin Taiko, Japanese dance group, Tsubomi and Mirei, donations and proceeds will go directly to the most needed programs in the affected areas. There is a Taiko (Japanese drum) performance "Hana Hachijo" with Martha Durham, Austin Taiko in the show. Also the local Japanese dance group will perform during the intermission.
About: Chieko Kojima
Born in Iwafune, Tochigi Prefecture, Chieko first encountered Japanese folk dancing when she joined Ondekoza in 1976. When Kodo was formed, Chieko carved out a niche for herself as one of the few regularly performing female members. She is noted for the original style of her dancing in Kodo's taiko-based performances. In her piece, Hana-Hachijo, the dance element she brings to her Taiko playing explores new frontiers. Chieko's vivid portrayal of the goddess Uzume in the Kabuki actor, Tamasaburo Bando's Amaterasu in 2006 illustrated her unique talent. Aside from her Kodo performances, Chieko also performs in the song and dance group Hanayui with Yoko Fujimoto and Mitsue Kinjo (Okinawan Dance). She also produces her own solo performances and collaborations in her project, Yukiai. Chieko enjoys expanding her repertoire and meeting new and stimulating people in the course of her world travels.
Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) オースティン日米協会 www.jasga.org