Miyako Odori

Miyako Odori

Miyako Odori0, translated as Capital City dance, is often performed to public in Kyoto. Geisha dances are rare to be shown in public because they usually perform in private gathering in tea house. The Miyako Odori is community of Gion Kobu geisha.

Geiko community is very conservative with strict rules and traditional. Geiko, women trained in music and dance, begin as maiko to learn to be a geiko at the age of fifteen. When they move to geiko house, they deeply learn music and dance and they graduate about at the age of twenty.

Because the dance is performed in April when there are many cherry blossom, the dance is translated in English as ‘The Cherry Blossom Dances”. The dance began in 1872 after Tokyo took over the capital. The four hour long performances, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm and 4:50pm, are scheduled everyday through April in Kyoto, Japan.

The dances are very slow, detailed, graceful, and perfect. They are usually no mistakes among the dancers. The competition for prominent roles is keen despite the hard practice because performing dance is very honorable to them. The dance has eight scenes, each of which depicts some aspect of Japanese life, especially life in Kyoto and the geiko districts. 60 geiko perform at each dances with kimono and orchestra is played at the back.

Reference

http://www.unmissablejapan.com/events/miyako-odori

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