Gannenmono: Un Yamada and Taimane

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Gannenmono: Un Yamada and Taimane


Saturday Nov 17 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $20.00
General Admission: $25.00


About the Performance:

Part of 150th Gannenmono in Concert.

World-renowned choreographer and dancer Un Yamada is slated to perform an original choreographed dance piece in collaboration with ukulele virtuoso Taimane in honor of the 150th Anniversary of Japanese Immigration to Hawai`i.  

After training in gymnastics, ballet, traditional folk dance and Butoh, Un Yamada started her career as a choreographer in 1996 and has been active as a solo dancer since 1998. After she won The French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographer at the Yokohama Dance Collection Solo x Duo Competition in 2000, she moved to France. She then established her dance company Co. Un Yamada in Tokyo in 2002. Performing in Japan, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, her artistic collaborations span the fields of music, drama, opera, academia, and traditional local performing arts. She received the 8th Japan Dance Forum Award in 2013. In 2014, she was designated as the Japan Cultural Envoy for East Asia, and also received the New Face Award of Minister of Education Awards for Fine Arts. As the Japan Cultural Envoy in 2017 (Mar–Sep), she toured the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia.

Taimane translates to "diamond" from Samoan and perfectly reflects the different facets of her nature. Whether delicately finger-picking through Bach or radically shredding through Led Zeppelin, Taimane has the ability to morph genres—from classical to rock to flamenco—and stretch her instrument far beyond the familiar melodies of her native Hawai`i. When Don Ho caught wind of the talented teen, he invited her to join him as part of his venerable variety show at the Waikiki Beachcomber, further fueling Taimane’s desire to perform for and connect with audiences. In addition to performing her own distinctive versions of well-known pieces, Taimane weaves in original compositions that are as far-ranging as her musical tastes. With the fierceness of a rocker and the grace of a dancer, Taimane and her music are wowing ever-larger audiences.

Supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program

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