The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York (JFDINY) presents The Festival of Japan: Drums & Dance, a collaborative dance performance between JFDINY’s own dance ensemble MINBUZA, accompanied by world renowned taiko ensemble SUKEROKU TAIKO from Japan. Powerful taiko performances will be weaved throughout a full repertoire of over a thousand years of folk dance, including Tsugaru Aiya Bushi (umbrella and fan dance from Aomori) and Onikenbai (demon masked sword dance from Iwate and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage). Special Musical Guest: Tsugaru Shamisen Singer/Player Yuzu Natsumi.
The Festival of Japan: Drums & Dance celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York.
The Festival of Japan: Drums & Dance is supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, and the Mid Atlantic Folk and the Traditional Arts-Community Projects program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.