写真家：新井 常夫, 及川 修, 河合 秀直, 高橋 義雄, 田中 文太郎, 利根川 たけのぶ, 夏生 かれん, 西田 太郎, 松浦 麻衣子
KO-NO-KAI -New style of Japanese traditional dance-
KO-NO-KAI is a Japanese dance group that was formed in December 1998 and is known for having created their own innovative style in the field of Japanese traditional dance.
Japanese traditional dance in itself originated as a form of prayer to the gods that would be performed during festivals by people around 400 years ago. But with time it gradually developed into a style of performing art. Japanese traditional dance is popular as a dance performed by a single female and is usually thought of to be quiet and slow. But on the contrary, KO-NO-KAI’s unique style in the field of Japanese traditional dance comes from the fact that they have a group of solely male dancers that perform. Their dances are powerful, lively, and energetic, and have attracted wide audiences, then let them spring into fame.
The curtain call occurs many times for their performance, an unusual occurence in the Japanese classical entertainment stage but is evidence of their popularity. Further on, their “Tenth Anniversary Performance" held in 2008 was soldout shortly after the tickets were released.
They have also won various prizes in the Japanese dance field. Including:
“Rookie of the year award” from DANCE CRITICS SOCIETY OF JAPAN in 2000.
“Excellent prize“ in dance section from “AGENCY FOR CULTURAL AFFAIRS Art Festival” in 2008.
Category: Photo collection (Color)
Photographer: Tsuneo Arai, Osamu Oikawa, Hidenao Kawai, Yoshio Takahashi, Buntaro Tanaka, K-nob, Karen Natsuki, Taro Nishida, Maiko Matsuura
Number of photos: 72