News Release:

“Dance of Japan” 8:00 pm. Friday, June 28, 1996
at James Armstrong Theater in Torrance, California

The Japanese Traditional Performing Arts Organization will present “Dance of Japan” on Friday, June 28 at 8 p.m. at the James Armstrong Theater in Torrance.

The two part program is intend to introduce the different aspect of Japanese dance with lecture and demonstrations. Also its aim is to present Japanese classical dance in its most authentic way. Japanese classical dance is a theatre art which requires proper flooring to dance on, stage props, lighting, proper costumes, wigs and makeup in order to be fully understood and appreciated. But because of the cost, most of the American general audience has never been exposed to the real thing. Therefore, this project’s intention is to present the dance as it is presented in Japan including live music accompaniment.

Beginning with the colorful and fascinating traditional dance “Fujimusume” presented by the locally based Bando Mitsuhiro dance troupe, and followed by lecture demonstrations and Japanese folk dance. Madame Bando Mitsuhiro is an accomplished dancer and teaches at many different locations: Anaheim, San Diego, San Francisco, Carmel, and as far as Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. Accompanying live Kabuki music will be performed by Los Angeles leading music group Mdm. Jyorokusho Kineya’s group and Katada-kai of USA.

Second half of the program will be contemporary ballet with a Japanese theme performed by Tiennes Mario Ballet, the 25 member company from Japan. The artistic director, Ms. Sachi Nunome, choreographed this world premiere “YayoiEbased on Japanese girl’s day Hina doll festival -Hina matsuri. This is their third international performance after Moscow in 1988, New York at Lincoln Center in 1992.

This program is presented by The Torrance Cultural Arts Center Foundation as a part of 1996 Summer series and partly funded by the California Arts Council and the Japan Foundation Los Angeles Office.
Ticket is $12.00 , Senior and student $10.00 can be purchased by phone through Armstrong Theater Box Office. Phone (310) 781-7171. The Theatre is located on the corner of Torrance Blvd. and Madrona in Torrance, parking is free.

For more information on this event, or to learn more about the JTPAO, please e-mail us at mikko@jtpao.org