Project Performance in March ”New Works of Ryukyuan Dance / New Works of Kumiodori”




Ryukyu Dance Performance 
”New Works of Ryukyuan Dance / New Works of Kumiodori”
Venue :  National Theatre Okinawa (Large Theatre)
 National Theatre Okinawa has implemented measures for our visitors to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Part Ⅰ  : New Works of Ryukyuan Dance
Part Ⅱ  : New Works of Kumiodori 
Performance Date : Mar.27(Sat.)
Performance Time : 14:00-16:30 
Ticket Prices  (including tax)
Adults: ¥3,200
University Student: ¥2,000
High school Students and below: ¥1,000
Booking Opens
available from Feb.1(Mon.),2021
Box Office
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Counter Sales at the Theatre
available from Feb.1(Mon.),2021
*End times are estimates and could vary. 
*Subtitles: Available only in Japanese. Displayed on screen beside the stage.
*To secure appropriate spacing between seats in all directions, ticket sales will be limited to 50 percent of normal capacity.(Handling may change)
 New Works of Ryukyuan Dance / New Works of Kumiodori

Creative works based on the techniques of traditional performing arts and created with new sensibilities will be showcased.

New Kumiodori “Mashu-ui (Salt Seller)” 
It is the latter half of the 18th century. A large tsunami strikes Fukai Island (a fictitious island), killing many lives. Rumors of the disaster spread far to Okinawa Island, startling the people there. At that time, there was a man (a father) who was overwhelmed with grief, suffering from a guilty conscience all alone. Two years ago, he disowned his only son, exiling him to Fukai Island, as he had become reclusive, not working even after he had become an adult. Feeling so worried that he could hardly sit still, the father traces his son’s footsteps and heads for Fukai Island. He arrives on the island on New Year's Eve. Guided by a child living on the island, the man visits a priest's house, and when he reveals the reason for coming to the island, the priest knows about the man’s son. The priest’s explanation of his son's real life appears suspicious to his father. According to the priest, the son’s personality changed after he came to the island, turning into a young man who gave courage to the islanders, and just before the tsunami, he ran around the village, calling on people to evacuate. In the meantime, the tsunami rushed ashore and the man’s son was caught in the waves. Realizing his son’s death, the father’s guilty conscience becomes stronger. Feeling pitiful of the father's appearance, the priest says that the mysterious power of the revolving lantern hanging on the eaves would save the father's suffering heart. The priest then heads to the kitchen to prepare dinner.
While waiting for dinner, the father begins to take a nap. In a dream, a salt seller appears in front of the father. Realizing that the salt seller is his son, the father is pleased to see him again. After apologizing for being unfilial, the son asks his father to ask the royal government to save the suffering islanders. The father accepts his son's request, but says he will go to Shuri with him to fulfill his purpose. Although the father, who does not think he is in a dream, and his son, who has already died, appear to be talking with each other on different wavelengths, they dance the “Bashi nu Tui” together.
The father awakens at the priest's voice telling him that dinner is ready, and the father realizes that it was a dream. On the way to the room for dinner, the father finds a salt basket on the porch and looks up at the night sky, thinking that his son had really come here. The next morning, the song “Bashi nu Tui” could be heard out of nowhere on the island.