150th Gannenmomo in Concert: Un Yamada and Taimane

November 17, 2018

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Gannenmono, or the first Japanese immigrants to arrive in Hawaii. In tribute to such a special date, Doris Duke Theatre is honored to announce the 150th Gannenmono in Concert series, a troika of unique collaborations between local and Japanese artists that highlight distinct narratives within Japanese immigration history. Supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Gannenmono: Un Yamada and Taimane
Friday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. | $25 general admission, $20 museum member
World-renowned choreographer and dancer Un Yamada is slated to perform an original choreographed dance piece in collaboration with ukulele virtuoso Taimane in honor of the 150th Anniversary of Japanese Immigration to Hawaii.

Un Yamada is the director of the Yamada Un Dance Company. After training in gymnastics, ballet, traditional folk dance and Butoh, Un Yamada started her career as a choreographer in 1996 and has been active as a solo dancer since 1998. After she won The French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographer at the Yokohama Dance Collection Solo x Duo Competition in 2000, she moved to France. She then established her dance company Co. Un Yamada in Tokyo in 2002. Performing in Japan, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, her artistic collaborations span the fields of music, drama, opera, academia and traditional local performing arts.

Taimane translates to "diamond" from Samoan and perfectly reflects the different facets of her nature. Whether delicately finger-plucking through Bach or radically shredding through Led Zeppelin, Taimane has the ability to morph genres—from classical to rock to flamenco—and stretch her instrument far beyond the familiar melodies of her native Hawaii. When Don Ho caught wind of the talented teen, he invited her to join him as part of his venerable variety show at the Waikiki Beachcomber, further fueling Taimane's desire to perform for and connect with audiences. In addition to performing her own distinctive versions of well-known pieces, Taimane weaves in original compositions that are as far-ranging as her musical tastes. 

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