Himawari (Sunflower) - A Collaboration of San Jose Taiko and Hanayui
February 11, 2012
Himawari (Sunflower) is the union of the performers of San Jose Taiko and Hanayui in a unique collaboration where cultural boundaries and aesthetic sensibilities are shared and tested. Himawari will feature the San Jose Taiko performing company, the three members of Hanayui - Chieko Kojima, Yoko Fujimoto and Mitsue Kinjo, and guest artist, Yoshikazu Fujimoto of Kodo.
The project name- -Himawari was selected for the sunflower's strength in character for reaching and following the sun, a symbol of power, energy, clarity, and knowledge, and a source for nurturing and sustaining life. San Jose Taiko brings the power of the taiko and movement and Hanayui brings expertise of Japanese dance and song.
Both groups have been creatively exploring their common roots and new offshoots of their Japanese ancestry through music and dance---San Jose Taiko coming from the Japanese American community in San Jose, California and Hanayui coming from Kodo Village on Sado Island in Japan. The Himawari program includes traditional folk songs and dance from Japan; contemporary taiko drumming from America and a collaborative process that has combined all elements into something new and different. The program will showcase original arrangements from both Hanayui and San Jose Taiko and present the west-coast premiere of several collaborative works.
From 2000-2002, members of San Jose Taiko and Hanayui collaborated on creating material for the original Himawari (Sunflower) tour, a full-length concert program that debuted in Hawaii in 2002. Although the program was well-received by critics and general public, the project was unable to present within the contiguous US states at that time. Hanayui is returning to the states in February and March of 2012, and San Jose Taiko suggested a revival of the Himawari collaboration as a way to present them in San Jose.
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