• Sanaburi premiere performance
  • Ryerson Theatre
  • December 1, 2007

Sanaburi (Arauma)

Composer: Unknown - Traditional
Arrangement: Toki Tatara (flute) and Aki Takahashi (taiko) - Choreographed by Keiko Kitano
Premiere Performance: December 1, 2007 - Ryerson Theatre

Because Japan was for many years largely an agrarian society, many of its festivals are intimately tied to the production and harvesting of rice. SANABURI is a festival, which is held after the rice was planted. The people would dance and pray for a good growing season. Such festivals were solemn but boisterous, and firmly rooted in the earth.