Japanese dances

The traditional Japanese dance is named Nihon-Buyô which means Nihon: Japan and buyô: dance. It is one of the traditional forms of scenic arts in Japan, such as Noh theater, Kyogen, Kabuki, Bunraku. It originated in kabuki dance (kabuki-odori).

From the 17th century, this dance began to separate from Kabuki following independent performances of Kabuki by some choreographers. We find in nihonbuyo dance certain elements of other scenic forms, such as the march of noh. She understands several styles: the kabuki-buyô developed in Edo based on the odori found in the kabuki play (performed by men or women), the oshûgi-mai (ceremonial dance, influenced by noh ), kamigata-mai (developed in Osaka and Kyoto).

This term, given in the 19th century by Shôyo TSUBOUCHI, refers to the different types of dances in Japan. It includes two forms of dance with different histories: the “May” (static dance with abstract movements) of the Kansai region and the “odori” (dynamic dance with rhythmic movements) of the Kanto region. We also find dynamic and rhythmic movements called furi (mimicry), expressing the dramatic and figurative expression.

One of the oldest of these schools is the Nishikawa School founded by Senzô NISHIKAWA I (1697-1756), one of the most influential choreographers of Nihon-Buyô.
I’ve been studying with sensei Sengiku BANDO.

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