“Diversity of Japan – MAI”, Performance Film by HANAYAGI Juraku III, at Expo 2020 Dubai

presented by the Japan Pavilion, the show promotes the traditional NIHONBUYO dance

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Photo supplied by Shochiku
Photo supplied by Shochiku

“Diversity of Japan ~MAI~”, the much-anticipated performance film of Japan’s traditional NIHONBUYO performance comes to Expo 2020 Dubai. Produced as part of the Japan Pavilion’s cultural agenda, this newly created dance piece directed, choreographed by, and starring HANAYAGI Juraku III will be broadcasted at the Sun Stage from 21st to 28th January 2022 with daily 20-minute show from 9:10pm. Subsequently, the recital will be available on the pavilion’s official website for its global audience. Starting with supple and graceful dance of female performers, HANAYAGI Kieayaka, FUJIKAGE Rien, FUJIMA Kyonosuke and WAKAYAGI Yukiko, followed by dynamic and valiant dance depicting a lion performed by HANAYAGI Juraku. The recital will deliver traditional beauty of Japan to the world through the various charm of NIHONBUYO.

HANAYAGI Juraku III is the eldest son of HANAYAGI Kinnosuke II, under the guidance of his grandfather, HANAYAGI Juraku II, he learned NIHONBUYO from an early age. A performer, choreographer & director, HANAYAGI Juraku’s impressive portfolio as well as his elegant expressive techniques has earned him accolades and awards throughout his career.

Photo supplied by Shochiku
Photo supplied by Shochiku

“Diversity of Japan ~MAI~” was originally created for Japan Day at Expo 2020 Dubai, however due to unexpected restrictions, performers were unable to travel to the celebrations. The premier of this filmed performance will showcase the beauty and intricacy of NIHONBUYO, encourage cultural curiosity and drive international audience to explore more that is Japan.

NIHONBUYO reflects its timeless characteristic within Japanese heritage. “Diversity of Japan~MAI~” was produced by Shochiku Co. Ltd for Japan Day to promote Japanese ancient culture and its tradition. This premier is available on Japan Pavilion official website and will give audience a great opportunity to view it from anywhere. “Diversity of Japan ~MAI~” is broadcasted as part of Japan Pavilion’s continued efforts to showcase Japan’s rich culture and tradition.

View online: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c9FOvAQDKE