Do you like to dance? Want to learn how to wear a summer kimono called yukata? The traditional Bon Odori is a dance performed during Obon, a period in the summer that commemorates the spirits of one’s ancestors. The Bon Odori is usually danced as a group circle around the yagura, an elevated tower-like stage where drummers and musicians play. This folk dance performed by the living, welcomes the visiting spirits of loved ones to participate in festive celebration during their brief annual visit to our world.
Participants learn the choreography of this lively dance and how to perform as a unified group. In addition, participants get the chance to learn how to wear a yukata, a casual cotton summer kimono, which is worn to perform the Bon Odori. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will perform the Bon Odori dances wearing yukata and will be given the music as a gift to take home.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
LOCATION: Morikami Theater
MATERIALS: Bring your own yukata, yukata obi (sash), and two koshihimo (at least 2.5 yds x 1 inch length of fabric sash). If you do not own a yukata, vintage yukata and obi will be available for purchase at the workshop (cash only payable to the instructor). Vintage yukata and obi prices range from $15 and up. Yukata rentals for the workshop are available. Please inform us when registering if you need to rent a yukata.