Nihon Buyo in the 21st Century: From Kabuki Dance to Boléro

Join us at FringeArts on Wednesday, January 31, for an evening of traditional and contemporary Japanese dance and music and an extraordinary chance to enjoy a unique Japanese cultural experience in Philadelphia.

Nihon buyo, literally “Japanese dance,” is an animated performance style that draws from traditional Kabuki dance techniques.

Recently named a New York Times Critic’s Pick, this one-night-only presentation at FringeArts will feature a rare showcase of nihon buyo in a pair of dances, old and new, that demonstrate the range of Kabuki technique.

The evening’s program begins with Toba-e, a traditional piece in the Kabuki dance repertoire, accompanied by live music and depicting a comical manga story from the Edo period. The program’s second half is a piece set to Maurice Ravel’s famous score, Boléro. Expertly choreographed by Hanayagi Genkuro, this unexpected combination of East and West brilliantly retells a classical Japanese folk tale.

Performances will be presented in Japanese with projected English supertitles.


Non-Members: $35 | JASGP Members: $30. Members must sign in to receive the discount during checkout. Guests will receive an email upon registration with a link to their tickets. Please refer any questions to

Cancellation Policy—No refunds will be processed for cancellations with less than one week’s notice.


With a state-of-the-art performance center located in a historic pumping house across from Race Street Pier on the Delaware River, FringeArts is Philadelphia’s home for contemporary performance, presenting progressive, world-class art that expands the imagination and boldly defies expectations.

For directions and accessibility information, please visit the FringeArts website.


The North American tour of Nihon Buyo in the 21st Century: From Kabuki Dance to Boléro is produced and organized by Japan Society, New York, and is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council, The JEC Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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