June 7, 2017

Kumiwudui (Kumiodori / Okinawan Dance)

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Kumiwudui (Kumu Odor / Okinawan Dance) – June 8, 2017

The Center for Okinawan Studies presents KUMIWUDUI : A lecture-demonstration.

Kumiwudui is the Classical Dance Drama of the Ryukyu Kingdom.
This year makrs the 41st anniversary of a visit by Kin Ryosho, and his teaching of Okinawan Dance and the Kumiwudui at the University of Hawaiʻi.
The lecture-demonstration is one of multiple celebrations of Kin Ryosho’s transmission of this Ryukyuan court legacy.

Picture of the poster Kumiwudui

Featured Presentors:
Hanashiro Seikichi (James)
Nakandakari Tetsuya
Yamada Kazuko

Date and Time: Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 7:30pm
Location: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Music Building, Orvis Auditorum

Admission: Free

What is Kumiwudui (or Kumiodori in standard Japanese)?

According to Digital Daijisen (dictionary), Kumiwudui (Kumiodori) is:

「18世紀以来、琉球(沖縄)で伝承されてきた、せりふ・音楽・舞踊からなる古典劇。享保4年(1719)中国の冊封使(さくほうし)を歓待するため、踊奉行(おどりぶぎょう)の玉城朝薫(たまぐすくちょうくん)が創作上演したのが始まり。ユネスコの無形文化遺産に登録されている」。

[Source: Digital Daijisen through a database titled Japan Knowledge, accessed on June 8, 2017 (HST)]

Wikipedia defines Kumiwudui as follows:

Kumi odori (組踊?, Okinawan: Kumi wudui) is a form of narrative traditional Ryūkyūan dance. Kumi odori or Kumi wudui means “combination dance” or “ensemble dance”.

Originating in the Ryūkyūan capital of Shuri, Okinawa in 1719, the original purpose of this dance was to provide amusement and diversions, which were termed ukwanshin, for the Chinese diplomats who traveled to Ryūkyū.”

[Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumi_Odori]

The Japan Arts Council (日本芸術文化振興会) has a website that is dedicated to Kumiudui (or Kumiodori or 組踊).

http://www2.ntj.jac.go.jp/dglib/contents/learn/edc19/index.html

The University of Hawai’i Library has some resources on Kumiwudui/Kumiodori.

  • Kumiodori no sekai : miru, kiku, yomu = 組踊の世界 [videorecording] : 観る,聴く,読む / chosaku, seisaku Okinawa-ken ; seisaku kigyō Konsōshiamu Kumiodori Kontentsu Purojekuto = 著作·制作沖縄県制作企業コンソーシアム組踊コンテンツプロジェクト.
  • The Okinawan kumiodori : an analysis of relationships of text, music and movement in selections from Nidō Tekiuchi / by Kimiko Ohtani.
  • Ushuu Guhuukuu / Alfred Yama Kina. (A Ph.D. dissertation, 2006; accessible only for the UH Manoa affiliated).

KUMIWUDUI : A lecture-demonstration