The Mundane and the Holiness: Asobime
Sunday, June 21 from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Tenri Cultural Institute – 43A W. 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Admission: $15/$10 seniors and students
Sachiyo Ito’s Salon Series No. 52 will explore the life of Asobime (“Play Girl”) and Shirabyoshi (Dancers of the Japanese Imperial Court) through the performances of the Kabuki dance “Shigure Saigyo” and classical Sankyoku music, “Kajimakura.” Asobime and Shirabyoshi are medieval entertainers who are considered profane, yet they served a sacred role in Japanese history.
Originally a Noh play that was adapted into a Kabuki dance, “Shigure Saigyo” revolves around a poet/monk named Saigyo and a courtesan/Boddhisattva, while “Kajimakura” is about the impermanence of entertainers’ lives.
Joining Sachiyo Ito and DanceJapan performers Yuu Fujita and Keiko Ikehata will be guest artists Yoshiro Kono, Mutsumi Takamizu and Masumi Takamizu.
Now in its 17th year, the Salon Series is a series of informative and educational lectures, lecture-demonstrations, and performances on the performing arts of Japan held three times a year on Sunday afternoons at Tenri Cultural Institute.
For more information, please visit Sachiyo Ito and Company’s website.