25 March - LAK-Workshop: Yosakoi (Japanese Festival Dance)
Yosakoi is a Japanese festival dance that is originated in the 50s of the last century. The style of dance varies by team, but characteristic is the use of wooden clappers (N aruko) and the repeat of texts and motifs in the music. Yosakoi started in 1954 in the city of Kōchi. The word “yosakoi”, which in Japanese means “come in the night”, comes from a song that was very popular at that time in that region. Over the years the term became associated with modern folk dance.
Yosakoi is performed at festivals and events. There are also special Yosakoi festivals held in Japan. The Yosakoi Soran Festival is the largest and is held annually since 1992 in Sapporo. Besides the competition and the presentation of choreographies, these festivals also offer the opportunity to dance with several teams. Sou odori are dances, which are free for everyone to learn. Through this dances, teams reinforce each other’s energy. This solidarity and positive energy, is the core of what Yosakoi really is.
Please visit the website of The Leiden Academic Art Centre (LAK) for more information about time and costs or to register online.