The Festival of Japan: Drums + Dance


Proudly Commemorating our 25th Anniversary

The Festival of Japan: Drums + Dance

Saturday, April 14th at 7:00pm

Abrons Arts Center Playhouse Theater
(466 Grand St, New York, NY 10002)

The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York presents The Festival of Japan: Drums + Dance, a collaborative dance performance between JFDINY’s own dance ensemble Minbuza, accompanied by world renowned traditional musicians from Japan including Sukeroku Taiko and Katsuhiro Chiba. Powerful taiko performances and vibrant Tsugaru Shamisen playing will be weaved throughout a full repertoire of a thousand years of folk dance, including the premieres of Onikenbai (demon masked sword dance from Iwate prefecture), Tsugaru Ohara Bushi and Tsugaru San Sagari (umbrella dances from Aomori prefecture).  The Festival of Japan: Drums + Dance celebrates the 25th anniversary of The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York.

Tickets: $25 (Advance), $30 (Door). Special Student Rate: $15


Artist Bios:



Minbuza, which in Japanese means “folk dance group,” is the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY’s main performance arm. We present traditional dances from all over Japan, using authentic folk music and colorful traditional costumes. We have performed nationally at numerous types of venues and events, including the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, GA, the Epcot Pavilion at Disney World Florida, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, as well as annual performances at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival and Japan Day@Central Park. Internationally, we have performed in Switzerland and Russia. In the entertainment field, we have appeared on the Regis and Kelly program on ABC, the Untitled Action Bronson Show on VICELAND, and in Madonna’s music video for “Nothing Really Matters.” Minbuza is especially proud of its extensive educational work with various public and private schools and institutions.



Sukeroku Taiko was formed in 1959 at Tokyo’s Yushima Tenjin Shrine to not only carry on the rich heritage of traditional Japanese drumming, but also to create a new contemporary style of taiko. Until then, drumming in Tokyo was confined to the summer Obon festivals. The founders of Sukeroku Taiko, champion Obon drummers not satisfied with playing solely during the summer months, began studying drum patterns from Japanese classical music as well as other percussion styles from around Japan. The distinctive “sukeroku style” evolved to include exciting and lively rhythms, while incorporating dance and dynamic bodily movements into the performance of taiko. They have performed extensively in the U.S., Spain, Germany, Brazil, China, and South Korea, among others.



Katsuhiro Chiba is a multi-award winning Tsugaru Shamisen Master and traditional Tsugaru Dancer whose career has spanned over 40 years. He currently serves as head instructor of the traditional arts for Kuroishi City in Aomori Prefecture, as well as performing 180 shows per year as resident artist for the Tsugaru Denshou Fine Arts Museum. This will be his first performance in the United States.


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Photo Credit: Kenji Mori

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