JFKL November 2013

MAU: J-ASEAN Dance Collaboration

MAU 舞う weaves a dance fabric with the vibrant colours of Malaysian traditional dance and Filipino stylized Mindanao dance, Balinese court dance, Japanese Kabuki dance, and the Chinese Liyuan opera from Singapore. Choreographer and Director Fujima Kanjuro VIII, the Grandmaster of the 300 year old Fujima School of Kabuki, laces MAU with Kabuki leitmotifs to create a multilayered dance adventure full of elegance and wit. Commissioned by the Japan Foundation to mark the 40th anniversary of Japan- ASEAN friendship, MAU (meaning ‘dance’ in Japanese) celebrates the rich tapestry of Asian dance traditions in a modern setting.


Soke-Fujima-Ryu (Fujima School) (Musicians: Umeya Tomoe, Umeya Ukon) Soke Fujima-ryu has a history dating back 300 years. Its Grandmasters have been choreographers for the Kabuki theatre, and have choreographed some of the most wellknown and beloved classics of Kabuki dance. At 22, Fujima Kanjuro VIII succeeded as the leader of the Fujima school in 2002 and became the heir to a family that has long been known as leading Kabuki furitsukeshi( choreographers) of the traditional Japanese dance Nihon buyo. His grandfather, Fujima Kanjuro IV was the highly acclaimed choreographer and dancer who was eventually designated a “Living National Treasure” by the Japanese government. His mother Fujima Kanso III, is also a currently active Kabuki dance furitsuke-shi. Mr Kanjuro is also the winner of the 2003 New Artist award Minister of Education and Science Award for the Arts.

ASWARA Dance Company (Malaysia)

ADC is a professional dance company that specializes in traditional and contemporary Malaysian dance performance and choreography. The company has received innumerable national dance awards for performance and aspires to become a unique force for dance with a distinct Malaysian identity.


■ Kuala Lumpur Date: Friday, November 22, 2013 Saturday, November 23, 2013 Venue: Istana Budaya

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