BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.5799@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20181124T000000Z DTEND:20181124T000000Z DESCRIPTION:Canada&rsquo\;s pre-eminent taiko group Nagata Shachu celebrate 20-year anniversary with their 2018/2019 season kick-off &lsquo\;Rhythm\, Stories\, Movement&rsquo\;: A new presentation\, featuring acclaimed Toro nto author and storyteller Rui Umezawa and Toronto contemporary dancers No riko Kusama and Yuichiro Inoue.\n\n&lsquo\;Rhythm\, Stories\, Movement&rsq uo\; seamlessly combines the timeless art forms of drumming\, storytelling and dance: Stories\, both traditional and contemporary\, are brought to l ife with the music of taiko drums\, bamboo flute and shamisen\, and are in terpreted through solo dance works. Theatrical lighting design is by Chris Malkowski.\n\nToronto novelist\, storyteller\, essayist\, children and yo ung adult writer Rui Umezawa&rsquo\;s latest book\, &lsquo\;Strange Light Afar: Tales of the Supernatural from Old Japan\,&rsquo\; (Groundwood Books ) was listed as one of the best books of 2015 by the CBC and his first nov el &lsquo\;The Truth About Death and Dying&rsquo\; (Doubleday\, 2002) was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers Prize. His essays\, short fiction a nd memoirs have appeared in The Globe and Mail\, The Toronto Star\, Descan t Magazine and more.\n\nDancer\, choreographer Noriko Kusama was born in J apan and trained in ballet and contemporary at the Uchibori dance studio i n her hometown Niigata. She choreographed and performed her first duet at Toronto&rsquo\;s fFIDA dance festival in 2005. She began to work in collab oration with Robert Desrosiers in 2007 and performed &lsquo\;Take Ito Kawa &rsquo\; at Your Dance Festival in 2016.\n\nCompany dancer (13th season) a nd teacher at Toronto Dance Theatre\, Yuichiro Inoue is originally from Ja pan. At 15\, he began training at the John Cranko Ballet School in Stuttga rt\, Germany and went on to perform at many historic German theatres/opera houses\, before moving to Toronto for the Teacher Training Program at The National Ballet School of Canada (Royal Academy of Dance status). Inoue h as taught for top schools and companies throughout Canada and Japan\, and his choreography commissioned for film\, festivals and international compe titions.\n\nARTIST QUOTE:\n\nTaiko master and artistic director Kiyoshi Na gata states\, &ldquo\;Nagata Shachu's 20th anniversary season opener &lsqu o\;Rhythm\, Stories and Movement&rsquo\; brings together artists from a va riety of disciplines to create a new powerful experience. We are thrilled to be working with long time supporter\, author and storyteller Rui Umezaw a\, as well as two accomplished\, dynamic contemporary dancers Noriko Kusa ma and Yuichiro Inoue.\n\n&ldquo\;Through spoken word\, movement and taiko music\, the first half of the program features two famous stories from Ja panese folklore. The second half dramatically and poignantly speaks to iss ues of identity\, racism and discrimination. We hope audiences will be mov ed.&rdquo\;\n\nMORE DETAILS:\n\nTICKETS:\n\nFront Orchestra (Rows BB-G)\; Adult\, $37.00 and Student/Senior\, $20.00.\n\nBack Orchestra (Rows AA &am p\; H-P)\; Adult\, $32.00 and Student/Senior\, $20.00.\n\nOnline\;&nbsp\;< a href="https://bit.ly/2nZCeGP" target="_blank">https://bit.ly/2nZCeGP</a> .\n\nPhone\; 416-978-8849.\n\nIn person\; Hart House Box Office\, Universi ty of Toronto\, 7 Hart House Circle\, Toronto\, ON\, M5S 3H3.\n\nMORE INFO :&nbsp\;<a href="http://nagatashachu.com/" target="_blank">http://nagatash achu.com</a>.\n\nNagata Shachu members performing in this concert are Kiyo shi Nagata (director\, master soloist\, taiko\, shinobue/flute)\, Aki Taka hashi (taiko\, shamisen\, vocals)\, Tony Nguyen (taiko)\, Jason Huang (tai ko)\, Andrew Siu (taiko)\, and Naoya Kobayashi (taiko).\n\nNagata Shachu h as toured extensively and played rare and unusual collaborations with arti sts including the Toronto Arts Foundation&rsquo\;s Arts in the Parks initi ative\, world/roots ensemble DRUMHAND\, Japan&rsquo\;s acclaimed taiko\, k okyu and shinobue virtuoso Shogo Yoshii (formerly of Kodo drummers)\, Juno nominated Toronto Tabla Ensemble\, co-founder and principal dancer of Jap an&rsquo\;s Kodo drummers Chieko Kojima\, renowned blues artists Ken Yoshi oka and multi-Juno Award winner Julian Fauth and most recently internation ally renowned shamisen master\, Japan&rsquo\;s Masahiro Nitta.\n\nKiyoshi Nagata is Canada&rsquo\;s pre-eminent taiko soloist\, whose career spans o ver three decades. His principal studies were with &lsquo\;Kodo&rsquo\; in Japan and Daihachi Oguchi (artistic director of Suwa Daiko). In 1998\, he founded Nagata Shachu. He also teaches at the University of Toronto&rsquo \;s Faculty of Music and at the Royal Conservatory of Music.\n\nABOUT:\n\n Since forming in 1998 and while rooted in the folk drumming traditions of Japan\, Nagata Shachu's principal aim is to rejuvenate this ancient art fo rm by producing innovative and exciting music (through concerts and worksh ops) that creates a new voice for Taiko. Taking its name from founder Kiyo shi Nagata and &lsquo\;shachu&rsquo\; (old term for a performing troupe)\, Nagata Shachu has toured throughout Canada\, the USA and Europe\, and has previously released six CDs of original music (latest\; Hymus Road\, 2013 )\, and four DVDs (latest\; Toronto Taiko Tales\, 2017). DTSTAMP:20230207T123908Z SUMMARY:Nagata Shachu: Rhythm\, Stories\, Movement URL:/en/events/2018/11/24/nagata-shachu-rhythm-stories-movement/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR