During a total of seven workshops, participants got to know each other through riddles, improvised performance, song, folk dance and skits; and based on the relationships of trust and variety of motifs cultivated in the workshops, choreographer Tamami Yamada put together and presented a 50-minute or so stage piece.
Workshop participants, Rutsuko Kumasaka (accordion), Junko Satoh (singing), Keiko Masaki (marimba and percussion)
Headdress creation: Satoshi Hatano
Sound: Tetsurou Koshikawa
Stage director: Nobuko Igarashi
Writer/musical director: Masami Noda
Composition/direction: Tamami Yamada
Formed in 2003, this group focusing on people with mental disabilities in Nerima Ward organizes a monthly gathering of music and dance lovers for workshops and social interaction. Once a year, the group holds “Gayagaya Club,” where it presents the songs and dance that emerge from these playful sessions. In addition the group holds workshops for children: “Play with rhythm and the body,” “Playing with music: song and dance” and “Sing Gayagaya, dance Gayagaya.” Featuring guest musicians and dancers, these workshops create opportunities to share enjoyment with people in the community.
Hikarigaoka Kumin Center (Nerima City, Tokyo)
KIRAKUDOW (Nerima City, Tokyo)