Come out to support a dear friend of JETAANC, Judith Kajiwara, at her performance at San Francisco’s NOHspace on August 6 and 7. She will be performing three original pieces, including a new version of “The Black Mound,” a piece that JETAANC Kabuki Club commissioned this Spring, based on the very moving (and spooky!) Japanese folktale of sin and redemption, Kurozuka (for more info, visit http://www.jetaanc.org/blackmound).Judith will be accompanied by some extremely talented musicians: PJ Hirabayashi (taiko drum, butoh dancer, chant, bells); Roy Hirabayashi (fue, percussion); and Shoko Hikage (koto). The amazing Pear Urushima will be providing poetry. The night also features the experimental group Eurostache with Wang Wei.
If you haven’t seen Judith perform, I can say that she is the real deal, drawing on authentic Butoh traditions and taking them into a very individualized and ultimately uplifting direction. Everyone who saw her at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in May and at the SF Zen Center performance a few weeks later was deeply moved by her performance.