Today’s post marks 33 days to go until the start of this year’s WMDF. We hope you have enjoyed our lineup taster of the international group profiles announced so far. Please check back next week, when we will be posting over thirty profiles in English and Japanese on our artists page!
Originally from the farm community of Knightstown, Indiana in the United States, Brian began his professional performing career as a comedy juggler in 1986 at the age of seventeen. Since then, he has performed throughout the United States and around the world. Brian has become a stalwart supporter of WMDF, sharing both his awesome performances and his in-depth production knowledge. We are grateful for both.
This year, Lithuania marked the 25th anniversary of its declaration of independence from the Soviet Union (it was the first Soviet republic to declare independence). WMDF is happy that we can help to spread the celebrations to Japan!
This folk dance ensemble has a history stretching back to 1978, and took the title “Grandinele” in 1992. This name means “chain”, which illustrates the group’s philosophy of never-ending youth: dancers join “Grandinele” as little kids; they grow up with traditional dances and music; then they help to teach the new kids that have joined. In this way, each generation continues the traditions of their fore-runners and also creates their own new ones. The Ensemble “Grandinele” represents the northern region of Lithuania and dances Lithuanian folk dances, roundelays, games and also the newest folk stage compositions. They have an impressive record of performing in many countries around the world; WMDF hopes they will create many new traditions with us, on their first ever appearance in Japan.
July is here. WMDF is getting closer and closer. Today’s weather in Hakodate is wet and rainy, so the famous night view is not visible… We hope it improves for this year’s group from Indonesia, as one of their activities is an audience participation “kecak” dance on top of Hakodate mountain! If you are interested in taking part, check out this link with details of the workshops.
“Warna Indonesia” (literally “Indonesian colors”) is a group of skilled performers who specialise in a wide variety of Indonesian performing arts, all working and learning together under the motto of providing an ‘Indonesian touch on arts and culture.’ They also actively investigate other cultures to find common ground, and to promote ‘Peace and love’ through arts. Established in the year 1990 by Ms. Tanti Horii, and Mr. Ai Syarif, the group now has many members who are also skilled professional performers and individuals in their own rights.