Jimpu Kai USA Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Kenkyusho, Hawaii Shibu is directed by Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone. The Okinawan performing arts group will showcase dances ranging from the classical, folk and contemporary repertoire, excerpts of the classical art of kumiwudui, the dance-drama performed for the kings of Ryukyu in old Okinawa, and the music. Hear the sanshin, the snakeskin three-stringed main instrument, and learn the freestyle dance of atchame/kachashi that everyone can do.
Tsichi Nagami (Viewing the Moon)
We study history so we don’t repeat ourselves and the study of space and the universe is vital in today’s world. Tsichi nagami or viewing the moon was a much anticipated event in Okinawa. Young adults were free to socialize and enjoy the evening looking at the moon and dreaming of all they hoped for. The arts keeps us connected to our culture and enriches our lives. Knowing our roots and where we come from helps us to move further in every direction. Our presentation will show the progression of Okinawan dance going from the classical to folk and on to new choreographies.
Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone a third generation sansei started Okinawan dance lessons at an early age. After graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, she continued her studies in Okinawa under the tutelage of Ryosho Kin, a designated National Living Treasure of Japan. She is the first foreigner to pass all three levels of the Ryukyu Shimpo Konkuru proficiency dance examinations, and she received her master’s certification from Kin-sensei in 1976. She is Director of Jimpu Kai USA, Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Kenkyusho, Hawaii Shibu.
The performing arts of Okinawa have evolved over nearly six hundred years of history, beginning in the “Golden Age” of the Ryukyu Kingdom in the 1300s. These arts have survived through the turbulence of wars and across oceans in different cultures as Okinawans emigrated around the world. In Hawaii, Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone, Artistic Director of Jimpu Kai, has created new dances for today’s audiences. Each program will vary slightly and may include classical dances, new choreography; traditional folk dances; original choreography set to contemporary folk music; live performance of music using the sanshin; and or a short demonstration of kumiwudui, the classical dance-drama unique to Okinawa. At the end of the program, the audience can participate in atchame the improvisational dance form that goes with the lively kachashi music heard at every Okinawan party or gathering.