Minosuke Nishikawa Nihon Buyo Performances in Singapore and Malaysia

Photo of Minosuke Nishikawa Nihon Buyo Performances in Singapore and Malaysia

The Japan Foundation hosts a lecture and demonstration of Nihon Buyo (traditional Japanese dance) at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Lee Foundation in Singapore on November 4 and 5 by Minosuke Nishikawa and Seira Hanayagi, with Chuichiro Matsunaga and Shinjuuro Katada (nagauta). This is a special project for Japan Creative Centre of the Embassy of Japan in Singapore.
Master Minosuke Nishikawa and his troupe will perform on November 2 at Dewan Auditorium Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTic) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This project is one of major cultural events of Japan Creative Centre (JCC) that was established under the Embassy of Japan in Singapore in 2009 to enhance the promotion of Japanese culture. With a full-fledged performance of Japanese traditional art, we hope to promote the understanding of Japanese culture by the general public, not only government officials and cultural intellectuals, as well as to provide opportunities for students of local schools, Japanese residents, local people involving theaters, to encounter with Nihon Buyo through lectures and workshops. It is expected that this project will increase their interest in Japanese traditional culture.
Master Minosuke Nishikawa is one of the most anticipated artists not only in Japan but also internationally. He already performed in Russia and England this March.

Tour Schedule: November 2 to 5, 2010

Malaysia Dates: November. 2, 2010, 20:30 pm
Venue: Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTic) in Kuala Lumpur
Co-sponsoring: JFKL,Embassy of Japan in Malaysia
Singapore Date: November. 4 - 5, 2010, 7:00 pm
Venue: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Lee Foundation
Co-sponsoring: JCC,Japan Foundation,NAFA

About Nihon Buyo

Nihon Buyo has developed from a long tradition of dance. Tracing back to the origins of Japan, the oldest surviving text chronicling Japan's history describes a goddess dancing, with basic elements of today's Nihon Buyo. Dance, which was closely tied to daily life, often in religious contexts, began to be performed on a larger scale and on stage in the 17th century, especially with the development of the kabuki theatre. As more dance pieces were created and performed as part of the kabuki theatre, dance began to develop into an independent art form. Schools of dance were created, each developing their own style.
With the aim of establishing one distinct form of traditional Japanese dance expression, the term Nihon Buyo (literally “Japanese dance”) was created in the early 20th century. Today, Nihon Buyo has five large schools, one of which is the Nishikawa, with its history of three centuries, as well as many new schools.
Among the dances performed today are traditional pieces originally created by kabuki actors and choreographers for the kabuki stage, often involving characters and elaborate costumes, as well as different styles, such as a more abstract form performed in traditional dress. The number of new dances also continues to grow, with active artistic collaboration among schools.

Performer Profiles

Minosuke Nishikawa


  • 1960 born as eldest son of Senzo Nishikawa X of the Nishikawa School in Roppongi
  • 1976 entered Waseda University Senior High School
  • 1979 entered School of letters, Arts and Sciences I, Waseda University
    (Theater Dept.)
  • 1984 graduated Waseda University
    *Begins full time career in dance as future head of the Nishikawa School
  • 1987 entered University of London, majored in Western history and literature entered Raban Center majored in modern dance, ballet, dance theory
  • 1989 return to Japan
  • 1990 director of Nihon Buyo Foundation
  • 1993 lecturer at Nihon University College of Art bestowed the name of Minosuke Nishikawa V (Kabukiza)
  • 1999 chairman of Josai Charter, Shinjuku Committee, Tokyo branch, Japanese Dance Association Inc.
  • 2004 awarded Matsuo Performing Arts New Artist of the Year
  • 2006 awarded the 20th Juou Hanayagi New Artist Award(2005)
    (awarded by the Japanese Dance Association Inc.) ♦ Numerous performances in recitals, domestic and overseas performances

Seira Hanayagi

Photo of Seira HanayagiBegan studying traditional Japanese dance under Masao Hanayagi(current Shotaro II) and Shoyo Hanayagi.
Has been continually creating and presenting original works since having experienced the creative process at the dance laboratory, "Rappuza".
In 1993, performed at the "New Spring Dance Festival" organized by Japanese Dance Association Inc. and received the Grand Prize-Minister of Culture Award. In the same year, began presenting the "Seira Hanayagi Recital" from this year onwards.
In 1994, accepted into Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs" Japanese Fine Art Internship Program Currently active as a choreographer, performer and a student exploring the possibilities of Japanese traditional dance from both the traditional and contemporary angle


Chuuichiro Matsunaga

Photo of Chuuichiro MatsunagaShamisen performer of the Matsunaga School of Nagauta,. Born in Tokyo 1969.
At 3 years old, became a pupil of the Head of School, Tetsugoro Matsunaga IX, and made his stage debut in 1975 in TOMOYAKKO. Also studies under current Head of School, Chuugoro Matsunaga VⅢ, and was given the name of Chuuichiro in 1994.
Member of Nagauta Matsunaga School; member of Nagauta Association.

Shinjuuro Katada

Photo of Shinjuuro KatadaBorn in 1967 as second son of living national treasure, Kisaku Katada.
In 1990, began performing under his father, Kisaku, after graduating from Meiji University. In 1998, bestowed the name of Shinjuuro Katada Ⅳ.
Currently performs as musical accompanist for traditional dance and kabuki performances, on television such as "Geino Hana Butai" on Japan National Broadcasting channel, radio, CD, as well as overseas.
Member of Nagauta Association; lecturer at Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music; lecturer at Yokohama Asahi Culture Center

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