Keiko Fujii Dance Company, Gibney, Kenny Endo, taiko, dance, performing arts, Japan, NYC

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Keiko Fujii Dance Company

Thursday, September 18 through Saturday, September 21 from 8:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center – 280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers Street)

Admission: $15 in advance/$20 at the door

The Keiko Fujii Dance Company of Osaka, Japan, returns to New York with the US premiere of Fujii’s Tamashii No Tibiki II (Soul Vibrations). It is an ensemble work that looks into peoples’ minds to explore the vibrations in the silent inner sanctuary of the body. The concert will feature Fujii joined by an ensemble of New York dancers, performing to exciting music by renowned taiko drummer Kenny Endo, performing live. There will also be taped music by Hiroshi Kubo, a Tsugaru Shamisen player and composer.

Keiko Fujii Dance Company

Formed in Osaka in 1983, the Keiko Fujii Dance Company has presented a large repertory of productions. The Company made its US debut more than thirty years ago and has returned for performances at Lincoln Center, City Center, and the Kaye Playhouse. They have also performed in Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Hawaii, where Fujii is a frequent guest teacher at the University in Honolulu.

Keiko Fujii Dance Company, Gibney, Kenny Endo, taiko, dance, performing arts, Japan, NYC
Photo by Toyo Miyatake Studio

Kenny Endo

For 40 years, Kenny Endo has been at the vanguard of the taiko world. Born in Los Angeles, Endo was the first non-Japanese national to be honored with a natori, or professional stage name. In addition to CDs and live appearances, his music is featured on the soundtracks for several movies, including Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now and James Cameron’s Avatar. The Mayor of Honolulu named a day for Endo, and the National Endowment for the Arts honored him for American Masterpieces. The consummate artist is one of the most versatile musicians in the genre, blending taiko and rhythms from around the world with original melodies.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit GibneyDance.org/Performances or call 646-837-6809.

Featured photo of Keiko Fujii by Olivier Koning