Hatsu-GESHIKI (First scenery)
SUNDAY, January 8, 2017

1pm • Aratani Theatre

Every January, Little Tokyo becomes the center for celebrating the Japanese New Year in Southern California, with the JACCC heading up the festivities with programs that invigorate the spirit and imagination. Literally meaning “the beginning of things,” Kotohajime will celebrate the Year of the Rooster with the theme titled Hatsu-Geshiki or “First Scenery.” Curated by Artistic Director Hirokazu Kosaka, the original Kotohajime performance is a visual delight and artistic achievement, with dazzling performances and live music, accompanied by an award-winning set design.

2017 artists Indian dance troupe Arapana Dance Company (Ramya Harishankar), Japanese classical dancer Nakamura Gankyo, the Colburn School’s Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, Leclat Quintet from UCLA, and Video installation by Carole Kim.  The ritual shooting of the arrow – a purification ceremony – will be performed by IKKYU of the Los Angeles Kyudo Archery Group.

$20 general admission / $18 JACCC member