Aki Takahashi

Donan Kudoki

Composer:Unknown - traditionalArrangement:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:October 10, 2014 - Fleck Dance Theatre In winter, the northern part of Japan lies buried beneath a heavy, cold white blanket. Winters there have always been harsh, but were especially so in the period before the rise of modern transportation and...

Ya Hoi

Date Composed:2019Composer:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:Sunday, March 3, 2019 ...

Gunbai

Date Composed:2019Composer:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:Sunday, March 3, 2019 Many of the movements in this composition were inspired by sumo wrestling matches in which the referee carries around a specialized fan called gunbai. ...

Jiten

Date Composed:2018Composer:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:Saturday, November 24, 2018 This composition is based on the story of Yamagami Soju (1973-1957), one of the most respected tea ceremony masters of this generation. As a young man, however, he once came across merchandise that was still very exotic in Japan...

Kagero

Date Composed:2018Composer:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:Saturday, November 24, 2018 This composition is based on the story “Betrayal” by author and storyteller Rui Umezawa.  Dance and choreography by Noriko Kusama. ...

Mochizuki

Date Composed:2017Composer:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:November 17, 2017 The festivities begin with the making of white and round mochi cakes, symbols of the full moon, that are pounded from steamed rice with large wooden hammers. During this time, people dance joyfully and sing comical lyrics to express happiness...

Ishizue

Date Composed:2017Composer:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:November 18, 2017 Excitement fills the air as shamisen and chappa play in preparation for the full moon celebration. ...

Subaru

Date Composed:2017Composer:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:November 18, 2017 The Japanese constellation Subaru are the six brightest stars in the night sky, represented by six drummers.  The dextrous movements mimic their brilliant glimmer. ...

Oboro

Date Composed:2017Composer:Aki TakahashiPremiere Performance:November 18, 2017 On an ominous night, dark clouds are silhouetted against the fading light of the moon. ...