Dance WS “Kami-umezu Onidaiko”

Onidaiko, which literally translates as “demon drumming,” is one of Sado Island’s iconic, beloved folk traditions. It’s an auspicious demon deity dance set to the beat of a taiko drum. This rousing dance is said to bring good health and fortune.
There are some 120 styles upheld on Sado, and this workshop will focus on the dance unique to Kami-umezu near Ryotsu. After debuting on the EC lineup in 2019, this year the demon troupe from Kami-umezu are back, excited to lead this workshop online!

It’s a special opportunity to connect with people on Sado Island, throughout Japan, and around the world online to learn and enjoy a unique folk art together. We hope you’ll take part!

Event Summary

Online (Live) Workshops: Jul. 18 (Sat) 9:00ー11:00 / 17:00ー19:00 JST*
(Please choose one out of the two workshops)
*Japan Standard Time (GMT + 9)
Members of Kami-umezu Onidaiko (Sado, Ryotsu area) and Koki Miura (Kodo)25 people per workshop ( first-come-first-served basis)
25 people per workshop (first-come-first-served basis).
Spaces are very limited to ensure a fun, interactive group experience.

Participant Requirements:Ages 6 & over (ages 6 to 12 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian)

Participation conditions: The workshop will require access to a PC/laptop, tablet, or mobile device that can run ‘Zoom’ (video communication tool).

Regarding workshop participation:
-One week before the workshop date, participants will be sent an email with links to video content that will include some simple workshop introductions and practice material.
-Where possible, please have a look at the video content and practice a little before the workshop day!

*Please note that the live workshops will be mainly conducted in Japanese, however, there will be English support available.

Ticket Availability
Tickets go on sale on Jul. 1 (Wed) 7:00am (JST) and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
(Ticket sales will close once the workshop capacity is reached)
See here for more details
How to Take Part
①Get ready for the Workshop!: Once you receive the practice material, have a look and try it out!
②On the day of the WS: Participate in the online live workshop on either of the specified days!
③During EC: Sometime during the EC live stream across the 3 days of EC, we will share some stories of what actually went on in the workshops. Perhaps there might been be a special collaboration between the participants and instructors!
Earth Celebration Committee
Online Workshop contact personnel: Ami Akimoto
Tel. 0259-86-2320 (Sado Island Taiko Centre)