Mansai Nomura + Hiroshi Sugimoto
A Performance of Divine Dance SAMBASO: Kami Hisomi Iki
A Cultural Event of the World Forum on Sport and Culture Official Program
The Japan Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Bunkamura (Tokyu Bunkamura, Inc.), will present a performance of Divine Dance SAMBASO: Kami Hisomi Iki as a cultural event of the World Forum on Sport and Culture Official Program, with kyogen actor Mansai Nomura, who is at the forefront of his profession breaking the boundaries of classical theater, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, who is widely active as a contemporary artist, as Creative Director
We invite foreign ministers of sports and government officials participating in the World Forum on Sport and Culture, as well as young business leaders, who are members of the World Economic Forum, and other important figures from overseas, to spread the appeal of a new form of Japanese performing art that transcends the boundaries of Japanese traditional and contemporary art. We also call for widespread participation from the Japanese public to enhance opportunities, working toward the Rugby World Cup 2019, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Kansai World Masters 2021, and other sporting events.
|Date & Time
|Friday, October 21, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. （Doors open at 6:00 p.m.）
|Bunkamura Orchard Hall （2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo）
|Divine Dance SAMBASO: Kami Hisomi Iki
|Mansai Nomura (Kyogen Actor)
|Hiroshi Sugimoto (Contemporary Artist)
|<Organizers> The Japan Foundation; Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
<Production Cooperation> Odawara Art Foundation
|Number of persons invited
|How to apply
|Free admission. *Children under elementary school age may not attend the event.
Advance application required. Attendees selected by drawing lots.
(Applications postmarked on or after September 2 and on or before September 23 will be accepted.) Please apply through the Bunkamura website or by postcard as follows:
* Invitations will be mailed to successful applicants by Friday, October 7, in the form of a postcard that can be exchanged for a reserved-seat ticket.
|Important points regarding application
Divine Dance SAMBASO: Kami Hisomi Iki
(Commentary by Hiroshi Sugimoto)
Among the many traditional performing arts that have been handed down throughout Japanese history, Sambaso is the classical performance that retains the oldest format. It origins are said to be traceable all the way back to the story of Amaterasu Omikami, the mythical Japanese goddess of the sun and the heavens, and the Ama-no-Iwato (heavenly rock cave). This dance expresses the descent of a kami (Shinto god) to earth, and is the weightiest segment of a Noh play, handled as a Shinto rite. The dance is at times quiet and at times intense, as the flesh-and-blood human body dances the dance, and the form of the kami spirit inwardly dancing down comes in and out of view. From ancient times in Japan, the forms of kami have appeared only as hints and traces. You will witness with your own eyes that these hints and traces still surely exist, even though modern Japanese society has, by and large, allowed these ancient beliefs to lapse. And you will do so with bated breath, in the Kami Hisomi Iki (where the kami lurks).
We replaced the matsubame (wooden panels displaying a painted pine tree which are used in Kabuki stage set for a space of ancient myth) with a curtain that has a thunderbolt dyed on it.
World Forum on Sport and Culture
Discuss and transmit information about the international contributions of sport, culture, economics, and their tangible and intangible legacy while coordinating with tourism to hold an international meeting in Tokyo and Kyoto that will serve as a kick-off event to enhance the Olympic/Paralympic movement after the 2016 games in Rio, working toward the 2019 Rugby World Cup, 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and 2021 Kansai World Masters Games, etc.
Inquiries regarding events:
The Japan Foundation
International Operations Section 1
Arts and Culture Dept.
Persons in Charge: Futako (Mr.)
Inquiries regarding tickets:
Bunkamura Tel :+81-(0)3-3477-3244 (10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
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