This is an authentic performance of suodori (dance in plain clothing rather than costumes) by Kanjuro Fujima VIII, head of the Fujima school of traditional Japanese dance (buyo). A mainstay of Edo Kabuki, the Fujima school has laid a foundation for disseminating Tokyo culture to the world for 300 years. In this project, the Fujima school brings the beauty of suodori, the essence of this culture, to Brazil. Buyo dancers and musicians of the same generation will collaborate with Fujima in a presenting today’s Tokyo buyo.
In the workshop, Kanjuro, a core figure in Kabuki choreography, will provide people from the area with valuable information from the “scene of creation”–information that cannot be obtained through theatergoing and reading alone.
Fujima trained as a buyo (traditional Japanese dance) artist with his grandfather, Kanjuro Fujima VI, and his mother, Kanjuro Fujima VII (now Kanso Fujima III). After graduating from high school, he began working alongside his mother as a Kabuki choreographer, as well as instructing and training young actors in buyo. He has also presented many new musical compositions, play scripts etc., under the name Tomabune.
FUJIMA OFFICE CORPORATION
Cidade das Artes（Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
SESC SP（Sao Paulo, Brazil）