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KS Cover no. 72 2006 May

MAY 2006 :: 072


Burn the Floor

OSAKA May 5-14

This show is a breathtaking journey that has con- tinued to evolve in search of illusive perfection. Described as an international dance phenome-non, this Last Dance With You tour, is the final run of the original concept of this company.
Jason Gilkison, together with his partner Peta Roby were the undefeated Australian Latin Ame-rican champions from 1981 until their retire- ment in Moscow in 1997. Gilkison is now artistic director and choreographer of the show, which is in its sixth year. It has had audiences on their feet and roaring in 87 cities across US, Europe, Japan and Australia. Produced by Harvey Medcalf.

Act 1: Wanna Dance. Fantasy Waltz. Kisses of Fire and Jump & Jive.
Act 2: Let's Dance. Passionata. Hip Hot Hotter.

Festival Hall
Time: Sat, 1pm & 6pm • Sun, 1pm • Mon, 7pm • Tue, 2pm & 7pm • Wed, 2pm • Closed on Thu.
Getting there: Subway Yotsubashi line, Higobashi stn.
Admission: ¥7,500-¥11,500 • Tel: 06-6231-2221

14th Osaka Olympic Day Run

OSAKA May 14

On May 14th at Nagai Stadium and its surrounding park will host the 14th Osaka Olympic Day a large community event celebrating the Olympic Movement and sport in general. World Olympians Association Asia/Oceania Regional Office will offer many programs during the day with Olympians participating and instructing the public. 28 Olympians are scheduled to run (1km, 3km, 5km) also instruct badminton, gymnastics, swimming, table tennis, tennis and soccer. They will provide their expertise and share their Olympic experience in those sport classes in addition to other fun activities. An Olympic Quiz will be conducted at the end of the day for the sports enthusiast!

Getting there: Subway Midosuji line, Nagai stn.
Time: 8.30am onwards • To register for run fax: 06-6228-0205
Tel: 0120-840-804

World Rose Convention Fair

OSAKA May 11-17

This convention is held every three years by the World Federation of Rose Societies, which consist of 37 countries representing more than 100,000 rose lovers. Usually held at three-year intervals, Osaka has been selected as the site for this year's 14th World Rose Convention. Japan has in fact, a long history with the rose. Reference is made to the flower in Japanese literature dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries and ever since the Japan-ese have cultivated it avidly. The convention will highlight this horticultural legacy and will introduce the 15 or so wild and naturalized roses indigenous to Japan. The goal of the Society is to expand contact among rosarians and rose lovers and to increase the flow of knowledge. There will be lectures, information and various cultural activities with foreign participants in mind.

05/11: Rose Contest. 2pm. Aqua Hall
05/14: Lectures: Roses around the World
05/16: Lectures: Roses Today and Tomorrow
Lectures at International House, Osaka
Time: 9am-5pm
Getting there: Tanimachi line, Tanimachi 9-chome
Admission: free

Rose show at Aqua Hall in Tsurumiryokuchi Expo '90 Commemorative Park
Time: 10am-5pm
Getting there: Nagahori Tsurumi Ryokuchi line, Tsurumi Ryokuchi stn
Admission: ¥500
Tel: 06-6631-8760


HYOGO May 26

Nineteen men in tutus and toe shoes approach some of ballet's classic roles with flamboyant aplomb. This all male comedy ballet company is more than just dancers en-travesti flitting and floating on pointe. The 'ballerinas' have a high degree of skill, elegance and entertaining spirit. Many have performed in major dance companies, including the Russian Kirov Ballet and the American Ballet Theater. The company will perform Swan Lake, Dying Swans, Love Wrongs, the Ice Skaters and others. This is an invitation to laugh and enjoy the magic of dance.

Himeji Bunka Center
Time: 6:30pm • Getting there: JR line, Himeji stn • Admission: ¥6,500/¥7,500 • Tel: 0792-95-8990

Traditional music & dance from Sado Island

KYOTO May 20

Sado Island is located off the coast of Niigata Prefecture in the Sea of Japan. It is famed for its unspoiled natural beauty, clear seas and a rich cultural heritage. The unique tradi-tions, music and dance which have evolved from the island's colourful history have been faithfully preserved by the islanders. Periodically they are performed at festivals and con-cert halls around the country. This particular programme, which lasts ninety minutes, features four diffe-rent groups.
Oni-daiko: To the pulsating beat of the Japanese drums, a demon and two lions dance together.
Tsuburosashi: A type of kagura, which is loosely described as, Shinto music and dance. This performance is a prayer for fertility and good har-vest. The dance depicts two women who try to entice a man.
Harukoma: This developed from the custom of going from door to door singing and playing music for money. Usually performed for happy occasions.
Folk songs and dances of Sado Island: Featuring Sado-okesa, Aika-wa-jinku, and Aikawa-ondo.

Itami Aiphonic Hall
Time: 6:30pm
Getting there: Hankyu line, Itami stn
Admission: ¥3,000 (at the door ¥3,500). Students ¥2,000 (at the door ¥2,500)
Tel: 072-780-2110

Events compiled by Mylene Oishi

Kansai Event Listings May

May 2-5

INTEX Fair 2006
An international event that will provide people with products, information and services relating to clothing, eating, living and leisure — from Japan and abroad. Organized by the Osaka International Trade Fair Commission.
Time: 10am-5pm
Getting there: Subway Chuo line, Cosmos Square stn
Admission: ¥1,000
Tel: 06-6612-3773

Until Sept

Kyoto Outdoor Riverside Dining
Unique to Kyoto are yuka, the open-air dining areas along the river. They are set up during the summer months as a way to dine while enjoying the cool breeze. Lunchtime only during May (from 11am).
Along the Kamo River
Nearest Stn: Keihan line, Sanjo/Shijo/ Gojo. Tel: 075-343-6655
Along the Kibune River
Getting there: Eizan line, Kibuneguchi stn, then a bus. Tel: 075-741-4444
Along the Kiyotaki River
JR line, Hanzono stn Tel: 075-871-1005

May 3

Horseback Archery
Yabusame Shinji means Japanese horse- back archery and is one of the traditional military arts, but is looked upon as a warrior's form of prayer or religious ritual. Usually performed in the precinct of a Shinto shrine, mounted archers shoot at three stationary targets while riding their steeds at full gallop.
Shimogamo Shrine
Time: 1pm
Getting there: Kyoto stn, city bus No.205 to Shimogamojinja-mae
Admission: ¥2,000
Tel: 075-781-0010

May 3-5

Turkish Belly Dancing Workshop
Artemis from America and Tayyar Akdeniz from Turkey, two top teachers of Turkish traditional dance and Turkish Oryantal, Turkish belly dance.
Stepping Out Studio, Osaka (05/3)
Tel: 06-6539-0203/06-6353-8222
Nearest stn: Subway, Yotsubashi stn.
Wings Kyoto (05/4&5)
Getting there: Hankyu line, Karasuma stn.
Tel: 090-3965-0419
Dinner & Show @7pm (05/5)
Entry: ¥10,000. Time: 9am-5pm
One class ¥5,000, two classes ¥10,000
three classes ¥14,000 (Class attendees get special discount for the Dinner show)
Tel: 090-3965-0419

May 4

Nursery Songs in Machiya
Machiya is a traditional townhouse. Live performance of nursery songs from around Japan will be performed in the zashiki room. Osaka song, Temma-no-ichi will be one of the songs sung. There is a charge to enter the museum, but all events held there are free.
Osaka Museum of Housing & Living
Time: 2:10pm-3:10pm
Getting there: Tanimachi subway line, Tenjinbashi-suji 6 chome
Admission: Adult ¥600, child ¥300
Tel: 06-6242-1170

May 6

Marimba concert
The marimba is a kind of xylophone that has its origin in Ghana, Africa, where it is also known as balafon. Ryoko Yama-taka will play a wide range of musical genre on this instrument. From Bach/ Gounod's Ave Maria to Irish folksongs. Ritusko Murata will accompany her on the piano.
Kyoto-Furitsu Fumin Hall ALTI
Time: 7pm
Nearest stn: Imadegawa, Karasuma line
Admission: ¥3,000
Tel: 075-441-1414

May 6

AAF Japan Grand Prix
International Association of Athletics Federations in Osaka. Nine male events to include the 100m, 200m, pole vault, triple jump, hammer throw and more. Female events 100m, 200m, long jump, hammer throw and more.
Nagai Stadium
Time: 10am-5pm
Getting there: Midosoji line, Nagai stn
Admission: ¥1,000/¥1,500/¥2,500 (students ¥600)
Tel: 06-6586-1702

May 7

Toji Antique Fair
Old silk kimonos, folk crafts, dolls, scrolls and prints. Ceramics of every type, and even the odd piece of unique traditional Japanese furniture. The five-story pagoda is the tallest in Japan. Cancelled if rain.
Toji Temple, Kyoto
Time: From dawn
Getting there: Kyoto stn, 10mins walk
Tel: 075-344-3300

May 10 & 11

Dance Circus
Kitamari, Tomoko Noguchi, Sonno, Kaori Sakata, Maya Ichikawa, Jo Small, Lim Jeoung Mi and others are up-and-coming artists who will perform a 12min program. The best works will be selected to move on up to the second stage. Go through Festival Gate, the theater is at the back
of the cafe on the 3F.
Dance Box (dB), Osaka
Time: from 6pm
Admission: ¥1,500 (on the day ¥1,700)
Getting there: Midosuji subway line, Dobutsuen-mae stn, exit 5
Tel: 06-6646-1120

May 12

Flamenco dancer and choreographer Maria Pages from Seville, together with Maria Morales, Emillio Herrera and others will dance the flamenco. Ana Ramon and Ismael De La Rosa will sing the songs and Jose Antonio Carillo and Isaac Munoz will play the guitar. Percussionist is Francisco Alcaide.
Hyogo Performing Arts Center
Time: 7pm
Getting there: Hankyu line, Nishinomiya Kitaguchi stn
Admission: ¥2,000~¥10,000
Tel: 0798-68-0255

May 13

3rd Walk Around Town
A leisurely walk through the countryside of Katano. Stroll along an ancient road marked by stone images of Buddha. After lunch participate in the bamboo craft class. Final stop is at a market selling Katano specialities. Just turn up on the day if you want to join.
Getting there: JR Gakken-toshi line, Kawachi-iwafune stn.
Time: 9am
Admission: ¥300 (for insurance)
Tel: 072-892-0121

May 13, 14

Bolshoi Ballet
This is one of the principal ballet compa-nies of Russia, which includes Russia's premier opera company. Now in Kansai they will perform in Shiga and Hyogo.
05/13: Hyogo Performing Arts Center
La Bayadère: 6:30pm
Entry: ¥5,000-¥15,000
Tel: 0798-68-0255
05/14: Biwako Hall
La Fille du Pharaoh: 3pm
Nearest stn: Otsu stn, Shiga
Entry: ¥5,000-¥15,000
Tel: 077-523-7136

May 14

Ryukyu Dance
Dancing in the Urizun Early Summer Breeze, is the title of this varied program of Okinawa dance ranging from classical to folk dancing, featuring the works of award-winning dance artist, the late Kyoko Kodama.
Takatsuki Gendai Theater
Time: 2pm
Getting there: JR Kyoto line, Takatsuki stn
Admission: ¥3,500 (advance ¥3,000)
Tel: 072-671-9999

June 2-4

A cotemporary show, showcasing Japanese traditio-nal theatre values with some of the nation's best the-atre artists, musi-cians, costume designers, set designers, make-up artists and the production crew.
AI Hall, Itami
Time: 2nd June: 19.30, 3rd June: 15.00 & 19.00, 4th June: 14.30 & 18.00.
Admission: ¥3,500, student ¥2800
Tel: 072-782-2000

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