Benefit Concert for Japanese Tsunami Recovery: "The Heart Sutra" -- An Afternoon of Indian Classical Music and Dance
Come and experience a truly spiritual performance by renowned Japanese dance group Muyuju in their first-ever United States appearance.
Odissi dancers Mayumi Fukushima and Hitomi Kiriyama teamed up with musicians Go Arai (violin and sitar) and Shiori Ishida (tabla) to form "Muyuju" with a visionto share their innovative, new dance form with audiences everywhere.
Mayumi trained extensively with Kazuo Ohno, the acclaimed Japanese Butoh dancer and widely considered to be the "soul of Butoh". She was also a student of the legendary Odissi master late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and the renowned Japanese Odissi dancer the late Asako Takami. Mayumi created the unique dance style in 2008 when a hip joint problem made it difficult for her to walk. In their repertoire, the artists usually sit on chairs and perform their own dance choreography as well as traditional Odissi dance items. They also sing the "Heart Sutra", the ancient Buddhist prayers in Sanskrit. This new and beautiful dance in prayer form highlights the subtleties of the dance, allowing the audience to understand more clearly. The dance has allowed Mayumi to continue her devotion to Odissi.
"Muyuju" means Ashoka trees, the flowers of which are thought to remove people's sorrow.
Kalapi Roy-Neogi will join Muyuju as the guest local vocalists.Local Bharatanatyam and Odissi dancers, and musicians will accompany Muyuju dancers in this performance.
All proceeds from this concert are going directly to the Shinryuin Soto Zen Temple in Miyagi, Japan and will be used in its ongoing efforts to help communities recover from the 2011 tsunami in Japan.
San Mateo Buddhist Temple (View)
2 S Claremont St.
San Mateo, CA 94401