150th Gannenmomo in Concert: Chichinagami Shinubu

September 24, 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.

Chichinagami Shinubu: In the Light of the Full Moon
Monday, September 24 at 7 p.m. | $25 general admission, $20 museum member
In collaboration with Ukwanshin Kabudan, join Honolulu Museum of Art for a special performance featuring special guests from Ryūkyū. Kazue Higa—Master Instructor and granddaughter of Kiyoko Higa, founder of Ryuseikai Honryu Ryūkyū Dance School in Okinawa—and Atsuko Tamagusuku—Master Instructor and founder of the Udui Fukura Okinawan Dance School—will join the Ukwanshin Kabudan, a Ryukyu/Okinawa performing arts troupe based in Hawaii, to present traditional and original performances in honor of Jūguya, the Mid Autumn Moon Festival.

Kazue Higa
Shihan, Master Instructor and grand daughter of Kiyoko Higa, founder of Ryuseikai Honryu Ryūkyū Dance School in Okinawa, Kazue Higa is an accomplished artist of kumi udui, Okinawan classical music and dance plays, as well as Okinawan shibai, or folk plays. Her signature dance is wūbichi, a classical dance passed through her grandmother.

Atsuko Tamagusuku
Kaishu, Master Instructor and founder of the Udui Fukura Okinawan Dance School, Atsuko is an accomplished artist in the Files of Kumi Udui and Okinawa shibai. She is well-recognized by the Okinawa and Japanese government for her commitment to the preservation of the Ryūkyū traditional performing arts.

Ukwanshin Kabudan
The Ukwanshin Kabudan is a Ryukyu/Okinawa performing arts troupe based in Hawaii. The purpose is to maintain the traditional music, dance and cultural art forms while fostering goodwill and understanding through sharing. We participate in educational programs to promote cultural awareness, and also provide public workshops and events. In addition, we host Cultural Study Tours and Identity Conferences to create a deeper understanding and connetion to Okinawan roots.

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