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Broken Words Fly Into the Sky

Shiijya Dance Project
Fringe - Free Event
Age: All ages| Duration: 30 mins| Non-verbal

The memories of war and messages expressed through dance.

“Survival was the only thing you could care about.”

This performance is about the elderly ladies born and raised in Okinawa who experienced the Battle of Okinawa in their childhood. It also features a big band of elderly gentlemen who used to perform in the dance halls of Koza (Okinawa City) where authentic jazz music was played for American soldiers during the 1950’s. Broken Words Fly Into the Sky is a re-creation of these dance performance, also produced in collaboration with more recent performers.

Elderly ladies dance to express their experiences of the Battle of Okinawa, weaving together real voices with the memories which remain. As the number of war survivors decreases, we present this work by performers whose average age is over 80 years old, to share the message - ‘we can dance, because we are alive’.


N11 Hiyamikachi Machiguwa Museum

Admission Free

(26-1) Sun 22nd July 15:00

Door opens: 15 mins before the show starts.

In co-operation with:

Japan Contemporary Dance Network (JCDN)

Supported by:

Okinawa Prefectural Culture Promotion Foundation

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