|Formation||Solo. (It travels so a circle arrangement is practical.)|
|Dance Structure||((A x 4) + (B x 3)) x 2.|
|Music Structure||4 counts/bar, 8 bar phrases. Part A is instrumental. Part B is sung by a man then a woman then both together.|
|Music Speed||160 counts/min.|
|Props||A round handled Japanese style fan (& originally a kimono).|
Koshuu = feelings of nostalgia for an old town.
Bon = a particular spirit festival.
Odori = a particular type of historic dance.
|Source||Marina Wolstenholme at her SIFD Japanese dance day course at Cecil Sharp House on 2001/10/13.|
Disclaimer: Mistakes are quite likely in the notes and no guarantees are made as to accuracy. There may be other versions of the same dance or other dances with the same name. Music may differ, particularly in speed, introduction and duration, between performers. The division into parts, bars & counts might not be standard. These notes of the dance are freely distributable (under GPL or CC-by-sa) in so much as the note's author's contribution but the choreography and/or collection were by other people and so their copyright might apply to the dance itself. Better than using notes, go to a dance class where it is taught by Marina Wolstenholme.
A gentle elegant courtly Japanese fan dance.
The type of fan needed is a non-collapsible round one with a handle. It is shaped similar to a table tennis bat. The round head is about 20 cm diameter and is made of a thin piece of cloth tightly stretched over a thin circumferential frame like a drum skin (indeed, it can be used like a drum & is so used in one part of this dance). The handle is about 10 cm long, straight and about 1 cm in diameter. For this dance handles with circular cross-sections are better than flat or rectangular ones as they facilitate spinning the fan by rolling the handle between ones palms.
Style: Very controlled. Graceful and flowing. Body upright most of the time. Steps flat.
Summary: Omit 1st 2 Travelling Steps
Omit first two Travelling Steps of the first Part A & use their music (2 bars) as the intro just standing still. (I find it easier to start immediately without an introduction and catch up but that is not as elegant!).
This is basically a Triple Step with a rise at the end plus some fan twirling. A Travelling Step starting L is detailed below. The equivalent starting R foot is the same but in mirror image in R & L swapped for both hands and feet.
|Start||Facing acw around circle. Weight on R foot. Hands with palms together and fingers pointing forwards infront of lower chest (i.e. conventional Western flat-handed praying posture rotated 90 deg forwards) with arms extended a comfortable distance infront (elbows point down not to sides). The fan handle is between the hands with the fan head above and in the fore-aft plane.|
Summary: L & R Travelling Steps.
|Start||Facing acw around the circle ready for a Travelling Step.|
|1||L Travelling Step.|
|2||R Travelling Step.|
Summary: Feet together & arms out straight infront, pause x 3. (Shading eyes R hand with L leg & arm back, pause), mirror. (Triple Step arcing R showing Kimono sleeve), mirror. Part A mirrored. Repeat first bar halved, face centre, arms down. L forwards, clap fan, R slow turning to start position.
|Start||Facing acw around the circle.|
|4||Sneakily transfer fan to L hand and repeat bar 3 with R & L swapped (i.e. show the other kimono sleeve).|
|5||R Travelling Step.|
|6||L Travelling Step.|
Irrelevant note: the hand motions in bar 2 are identical to the quick military salute in the totally unrelated Turkish dance Tulum Havasi but done slower & with a fan.
Take up the remaining music with 3 more Travelling Steps (starting with a L one) and come to rest gracefully facing the centre with (optionally) the R hand palm facing outwards with the fan infront of the face and the L hand touching the inside of the R elbow.
These notes are mainly based on how I remembered the dance being taught other than the final hand pose which was in Marina's notes but I don't remember it being explicit from the class which is why I marked it as 'optionally'.