Feb 012017

Sunday, March 26, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
EWC Imin Center – Jefferson Hall

The first in a new series of public performance-demonstrations, this program will be part explanation and part demonstration of the art of Kyogen, Japan’s signature comic theatre form. Featuring acclaimed Kyoto-based actor Doji Shigeyama with University of Hawaii Theatre students.

Populated by wily servants, self-important lords, tricksters, very human deities, and larger than life characters, the Japanese medieval comedy form of Kyogen is just as accessible to today’s audience as it was 600 years ago. Like other comedy genres, which bring much needed laughter into our lives, Kyogen has also long been a gently effective way of delivering political and social criticism. Guest Kyogen Master Doji Shigeyama will provide an up close and personal Kyogen primer sharing behind-the-scenes stories about the training of a professional Kyogen performer, as well as the training of UHM students in preparation for the April 2017 Kyogen production, POWER AND FOLLY: Japanese Satire for the 21st Century. Come discover the process of adapting text and performance from Japanese to English, enjoy select scenes from the upcoming plays, and learn to laugh as you never have before.

Jan 262017

Please join us on Sunday, January 29 as we celebrate the opening of the Center’s latest exhibit, Yangon Echoes: Inside Heritage Homes with a reception, a short dance performance by the local Burmese community, and an exhibition tour with visiting curators, Virginia Henderson and Tim Webster.

January 29, 2:00pm-3:30pm
East-West Center Gallery

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The East-West Center Arts Program, in cooperation with the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts and the Hawai‘i United Okinawa Association presents


Okinawa’s Traditional Culture: Past and Present

September 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017

East-West Center Gallery, Honolulu

Free admission

Okinawa and Hawai‘i have a long history of exchange, with many local Hawai’i families originating from Okinawa. AYANUJI is a word used in ancient Okinawan poetry meaning “beautiful rainbow.” This exhibition aims to build a rainbow bridge between Okinawa and Hawai‘i by sharing both past traditions and present-day interpretations of Okinawan culture. Showcasing textiles, lacquerware, ceramics, carving, and glassware, traditional Uchinanchu culture is highlighted alongside contemporary expressions. This exhibition features works made by the faculty of Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts (OPUA), along with pieces borrowed from the local Hawai‘i community, including musical instruments.

Okinawa Prefecture is a sub-tropical island group in Japan, located where the Pacific Ocean meets the East China Sea. Through its trade with Southeast Asia and China, Okinawa developed its own distinctive culture from Japan during the period of Ryukyu Kingdom (15th -19th century). After the Pacific War (World War II) through 1972, Okinawa was ruled under United States’ military administration. Okinawan traditional arts, architecture, and customs reflect this complicated history.

Gallery Info:

East-West Center Gallery
John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road (corner Dole St. & East-West Rd.)

Hours: Weekdays: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sundays Noon-4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays and Oct. 10, Nov. 11, 24, Dec. 23, 25-26, 30, Jan. 1-2.

Admission: free

Visitor parking is managed by UH-Mānoa; parking fees may apply. Parking is normally free and ample on Sundays.

Free school and group tours available.

For further information: 808-944-7177

Special Events:
All in the EWC Gallery with free admission, unless otherwise noted

Sunday, September 25, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Exhibition Gala Opening including reception and short dance performance by Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts. *Full dance and music performance to follow at 4:00 p.m. at UHM Orvis Auditorium.

Sunday, October 2, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Illustrated talk: “Okinawans in Hawai‘i” by Joyce Chinen, Director UHM Center for Okinawan Studies and Professor of Sociology, UH West O‘ahu.

Sunday, October 16, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Dance: “Kumiwudui: The Legacy of Kin Ryosho” by Jimpu Kai USA, Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone, Master Instructor and Yukie Shiroma, Instructor. Local performers demonstrate and discuss aspects of this 18th century classical form of court dance theatre.

Saturday – Sunday, October 29-30
Hands-on Workshops by OPUA faculty in pottery, fabric weaving and dyeing. $10; no experience needed; reservations required – inquire for details.

Sunday, November 6, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Illustrated Talk: “Okinawan Language” by Stewart A. Curry, Instructor, UHM Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literature.

Sunday, November 13, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Illustrated talk: “The Okinawan Diaspora” By Robert Nakasone, Director, Okinawan Special Projects, East-West Center.
Sunday, December 4, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Film: “Nabbie’s Love” Life in a small Okinawan community is depicted through the story of a local grandmother, her grandchildren, and a young Japanese visitor. Directed by Yuji Nakae. 1999, Japanese with English subtitles, 92 minutes.

Sunday, December 11, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Music: “Mimi-gusui: Life Sustenance through the Ears” talk story concert led by Norman Kaneshiro, Musical Director, Ukwanshin Kabudan Ryukyu Performing Arts Group.

Sunday, January 8, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Okinawan Music by President/Director Grant “Sandaa” Murata and members of the Afuso Ryu Koten Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai USA.

This exhibition is made possible by generous support from The Hawaii Pacific Rim Society; Richard H. Cox; Merle A. Okawara; Paul Yonamine; Aqua-Aston Hospitality; Sony Hawaii Company; and Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc.
The EWC Arts Program is supported by EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, Jean E. Rolles, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, and other generous donors.

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