4th Summer DanceFit Festival (23 to 27 June 2015)

Festival Opening
Opening performance featuring HIBIKIYA with special appearance by Mr Matsumoto Baisho from Japan, a renowned master of Akita Shamisen, Tsugaru Shamisen and other styles of folk music.

HIBIKIYA, a private entity established in Singapore that reaches out to the Singapore society with its rich Japanese cultural activities. Under HIBIKIYA, it manages its own group, TENKO, which performs Taiko and various mask dances.

Over the years, HIBIKIYA has mapped its network not only in Singapore but also in Malaysia and as far as back as to Japan, where its roots originated. Many professionals have been invited over to Singapore to perform, to conduct lectures and workshops as well as participate in TENKO collaborated performances. The professional fields include Taiko, bamboo flute, Japanese Lion and Traditional Local Dances.

HIBIKIYA also coordinates exchange programmes between Singapore and Japan. One of them is a Taiko group from Japan and they perform concerts at various venues as well as conducting home-stay programmes in Singapore. They have also in the past hosted a Chinese Drum Group from Singapore for a 2-way-exchange.

Mr. Matsumoto Baisho was born in Nara Prefecture and graduated from Kinki University in Osaka. He established the Japan Folk Song Baisho Association in 1976 and became a renowned master of Akita Shamisen, Tsugaru Shamisen and other styles of folk music. He has performed throughout Japan as well as in countries such as France, Belgium and the United States. He often collaborates with players of various musical instruments to explore new possibilities for traditional Japanese music. He has also performed in Singapore on numerous occasions including the "Soul of Japan" Shamisen Concert held at the Jubilee Hall in March 2010, which was organised by the Japan Creative Centre, Embassy of Japan.
Event Timeline
Tue Jun 23, 2015
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM SGT
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Free Admission
Venue Address
28 Aliwal Street Singapore
Nearest MRT station: Nicoll Highway. Other nearby MRT stations: Bugis & Lavender
Presented by Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd, Managed by ODT International