EN3: Community Circles

Colleen Lanki | TomoeArts

Chinatown Night Market
Keefer & Main St

Fri, July 5, 2013 9:30pm Chinatown Night Market FREE
Sat, July 6, 2013 9:30pm Chinatown Night Market FREE

EN3: Community Circles is a series of dance-theatre pieces combining movement inspired by Japanese festival dances, live music featuring Japanese taiko, and projected photos of audience and community members.

Colleen Lanki – choreographer/performer – Colleen has been directing, choreographing and performing internationally for over two decades. She was based in Tokyo for years where she studied noh (traditional Japanese theatre) and nihon buyoh (Japanese classical dance) and founded Kee Company, a group dedicated to intercultural, collaborative performance, which produced shows in Japan, Hawaii, Australia and Canada. Colleen recently choreographed and performed two dance-theatre pieces which incorporated nihon buyoh forms: Ten Nights of Dream, and The Komachi Variations (Vancouver and Tokyo). She was movement director for Pi Theatre’s The Eighth Land, and has been working on interdisciplinary shows with Indian classical dancer Anusha Fernando.

Eien Hunter-Ishikawa – composer/performer – Eien is a versatile drummer, percussionist, and taiko player with a multifaceted musical background.  Born in Japan, his passion for drumming started through his involvement in a youth taiko ensemble directed by Yutaka Ishizuka, a founding member of the greatly influential taiko ensemble Sukeroku Daiko.  He has performed, recorded, and toured as a member of the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble. Eien earned his Master of Music at the University of Hawaii, where he performed and toured as a member of the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble and taught classes at the Taiko Center of the Pacific. He has toured internationally with Uzume Taiko and performs regularly with Isshin Denshin Atmospheric Ensemble, Vancouver’s Silk Road Music, and the African band Kow Kanda.  Eien is also an active instructor and composer involved in a wide range of projects spanning multiple genres and creative disciplines.