Serving as interpreter for Fujima Shogo at the professional and community workshops, I was able to experience dance classes from the perspective of the instructor, which turned out to be somewhat complicated for me, a complete novice at dance, since the nihon buyo teacher demonstrates everything in mirror image for the students. As it turned out, it was a bit complicated for the workshop participants as well, but they all did a wonderful job and their enthusiasm was inspiring.
The highlight of the series of programs was, of course, the formal performances held on Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11. I was asked to present brief introductions to the pieces being performed, which was a great honor and also an incredible learning experience.
I am grateful to Colleen Lanki of TomoeArts for inviting me to be a part of this project, and am thrilled to have had this opportunity to meet so many enthusiastic supporters in our Vancouver community as well as our guest performers from Japan and guest speaker and Kabuki expert Julie Iezzi from the University of Hawai'i.