Raiden Yosakoi

 

In one hour, you get to experience the joy and energy of the Japanese festival dance Yosakoi! A dance that is accessible to young and old, Yosakoi is about bringing people together and having fun.

Yosakoi is a Japanese dance genre that was established in Kōchi in 1954. Within this genre, traditional dance is combined with modern dance moves. Ranging from elegant gentle motions to energetic and powerful moves, yosakoi enjoys many different styles of dance. Costuming often has vibrant colors and is truly a part of the uniqueness the dance genre offers. It can be inspired by traditional clothing, have a modern look, or be a combination of both. Among props that are used, traditional objects like fans, parasols and flags are but a few examples. There is one signature object, however, that makes yosakoi truly stand out, which is the naruko (Japanese clapper). Like the costumes, choreography and music also combine tradition with contemporary trends in that the classic is mixed with the upbeat modern.
Another element that marks yosakoi is the group spirit. Seeing as yosakoi is a typical group sport, through dancing individual performers become one unit, creating (loud) positive energy and a feeling of solidarity. In Japan, teams perform at events but also at special yosakoi festivals designed to initiate friendly competition with other teams and inspire both performers and spectators. The audience also often gets the chance to bond with teams through dances commonly known and through fairly simple dances done together that are called souodori. The core elements of yosakoi are therefore having fun, trying your hardest, sharing the burdens of dancing with the team, and being proud of performing this traditional but definitely not forgotten dance style.
Raiden was founded by student Japan Studies Natascha Dames from Leiden University in February 2011. The name Raiden is a wordplay on thunder and lightning as well as the city Leiden in Japanese. Over the past few years Raiden has grown increasingly. Now we have become a well-established sports association including our own designed outfits and choreographed dances. Everyone is always welcome to join! For more information, take a look at our social media!

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Hal 3 - Workshops

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Sunday 16:00 - 17:00 

 

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