A Tapestry of Sacred Music Iwami Kagura - Ritual Theatre of Shimane

A Tapestry of Sacred Music Iwami Kagura - Ritual Theatre of Shimane
  • DATE

    Apr 18, 2015

  • Venue

    Esplanade Recital Studio

    1 Esplanade Drive
    Singapore 038981
  • Ticket Price
    (Exclude booking fee)
    S$30.00
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The coastal region of Shimane is a land steeped in Shinto mythology and significance, said to be the place where all the gods and deities gathered once a year in conference. It is also the birthplace of one of the most dynamic and vibrant forms of Japanese ritual theatre Iwami Kagura. Masked dancers in colourful costumes take on the role of Shinto gods, battling eight headed demon snakes and other monsters in Japanese mythology, accompanied by drum beats, clanging cymbals and soaring bamboo flutes.

For generation upon generation, this folk art is practiced by ordinary townspeople and villagers in the autumn, to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Infused with riveting drama and rich cultural history, Iwami Kagura takes audiences to a world of legend where gods and monsters walked the earth.