2014 / Majikina dance school to present Los Angeles show designed to honor legendary Okinawan artist, Nov. 2

Master Norihiro Majikina

Master Norihiro Majikina from Okinawa. (Courtesy of Majikina Honryu LA)

On Sunday, Nov. 2, the Majikina Honryu Aigen no Kai dance company, led by artistic director Aiko Majikina, will present “Nufa Gukuru – My Spirit Dances” at the Aratani Theatre in the campus of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Little Tokyo. The show starts at 2:00 pm.

The show pays homage to the late founding grandmaster, Yuko Majikina, arguably one of the most influential artists of the traditional Okinawan performing arts in the 20th century.

The highlight of the program will be “Chindera nu Turaju“, a musical drama that makes its premiere in the mainland United States.

The Los Angeles based Majikina Honryu Aigen no Kai will be joined by dancers and musicians from Okinawa, as well as musicians from Hawaii.

There will also be a free pre-show lecture on Yuko Majikina and kumiudui at 12:00 pm in the JACCC Cultural Room presented by ethnomusicologist, Dr. Robert Garfias, professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

Theater tickets for advance reserved orchestra seating are $30, general balcony seating is $20; $35 and $25 on the day of the show.

To purchase tickets, contact Janell at (310) 809-6267, the Okinawa Association of America at (310) 532-1929 or email MajikinaLA@gmail.com.

Tickets can also be ordered on the Majikina Honryu Los Angeles Facebook page and www.MajikinaHonryuLA.com.