A concert of Female Gidayu and Kamigatamai (Kamigata dance). Both are performing arts that developed in the Edo period when the area including Kyoto and Osaka was called Kamigata, but they are not often performed at the same time. The concert began with the Kamigatamai “Manzai” by a student of Yamamura Wakashizuki, the Kamigatamai “Kurokami” by Yamamura Wakashizuki, and the Sujyoruri “Tsubosaka Kannon Reigen Ki – Sawaichiuchi no Dan” performed by Takemoto Koshikou and Tsuruzawa Kanya. The last Kamigatamai “Tamatori Ama,” a collaborative piece of Gidayu and Kamigatamai, was performed with original touches such as changes to the arrangement and choreography. Presenting each art form first with typical performance methods in the other program pieces enabled a contrast to be made with the collaboration “Tamatori Ama.” With vocals and Sangen by Murasawa Jyoji and Kotuzumi by Mochizuki Tazae.
Yamamura began Nihonbuyo (traditional Japanese dance) at the age of three, and studied under Wakasaki Yamamura. As an instructor of the Kamigatamai and Yamamuraryu dance traditions passed down principally in the geisha districts of Kyoto and Osaka, she runs rehearsal studios in Osaka and Tokyo. In addition to appearing in dance performances and training pupils, she has gained popularity as a performer with the ability to extensively communicate the appeal of the Kyoto-Osaka region’s traditional performing arts. Her book “Kamigata dento geino annai” (“Guide to the traditional performing arts of the Kyoto-Osaka region” (Sogensha)) was published under her real name, Hatsune Horiguchi. Yamamura is the head of Shizukikai.
Kioi Small Hall, Chiyoda City, Tokyo