Following the success of this year’s Glorious Ryukyu performance comes the Australian debut of Tale of the Southern Winds — a stunning dance theatre work by all-female Okinawa Song & Dance Theatre Ensemble, ‘Chura’. The islands of Okinawa, formerly known as the kingdom of Ryukyu, are nestled in the sub-tropical blue seas of Southern Japan. This lyrical and powerful performance captures the essence of life in the islands of Okinawa: the cultural richness, colourful history, distinctive sound and breathtaking natural beauty. With two shows only in Australia, don’t miss this opportunity to be transported away to an idyllic island paradise.

Okinawa Song & Dance Theatre Ensemble, Chura was established in 1998 as Okinawa’s first professional female ensemble specialising in traditional Okinawan dance. Since 2000, the 10-member group has toured extensively both within Japan and internationally, performing in more than 30 countries and 60 different cities, including Frankfurt, Vancouver and Moscow. The word ‘chura’ means ‘beauty’ in Okinawan dialect.
 

Creative director Reiko Ota is an award-winning performer, choreographer and producer of Okinawan traditional dance.
As a core member of Chura, Reiko has choreographed and performed widely with the group both in Japan and overseas for over a decade.
 
Also known as Japan’s secret paradise, Okinawa is the name given to a group of over 160 islands which dot the subtropical seas of Japan’s southwest. Until the 19th century, when Okinawa became part of Japan, the islands were an independent state known as the Kingdom of Ryukyu. Flourishing trade relations with neighbouring regions in Asia – particularly China and Japan – led Ryukyu to become a melting-pot of cultural influences which infused the Kingdom’s own rich culture. Now one of Japan’s 47 prefectures, Okinawa is known in Japan for the distinctive cultural legacy of its Ryukyu days—embodied in its music, lively festivals and dance—as well as its stunning natural environment.
Performed by
Okinawa Song & Dance Theatre Ensemble, Chura

Choreographer & Creative Director
Reiko Ota
Dates: Saturday, 14 December 2013
Time: 6.30 – 8.00pm
Venue: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Cnr Bridge and Macquarie Streets, Sydney
 
Dates: Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Time: 6.30 – 8.00pm
Venue: Merlyn Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse
113 Sturt St, Southbank
Tickets: $15 Adult /$10 Concession & JF members
 
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