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Beyond the Horizon – A Classical Journey Where East Meets West

Bringing the ancient arts of Japan, Europe and the New World to the new generation!

Beyond the HorizonDate: Tuesday 7 January 2014

Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Venue: St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ

Tickets: £20, £16, £13

Come and join an ensemble of performing artists for a journey of aspiration celebrating the timeless arts of music and dance of East to the West through an international star studded cast!

An assembly of talent including international prize winning musicians and emerging stars from the Central School of Ballet and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance endeavour to showcase the beauty of arts from Japan through Shamisen and Nihon Buyou in the heart of London.

Beyond the Horizon is a spectacular concert of Japanese traditional music and dance combined with classical musicians with a strong concept, theme, and a storyline conceived by violinist and creative director Satoko Fukuda. “I want the audience to relate to a very human life experience, spoken through our arts. I also want to challenge the traditional format by marrying my passion of dance and music on stage to create an unforgettable multi sensory experience.”

Satoko Fukuda

Violinist and Creative Director, Satoko Fukuda (©Markkphotography All rights reserved)

There will be Nihon Buyou dance; Matsu no Midori (Evergreen Pine Tree, a prayerful song that a father wrote to his daughter coming of an age, sending her off to serve in the Imperial Courts, through her life dedicated to the arts); familiar songs such as the Akatombo (a ballad of nostalgia for home and being separated from parents at a young age by circumstances), Sakura Sakura (with 10 dancers in Kimono dancing); as well as Hibiki San playing Tsugaru Jongarabushi and Tanko Bushi on the Shamisen.

Shamisen player Hibiki Ichikawa

Shamisen player, Hibiki Ichikawa (©James Fielding Photography. All rights reserved.)

The first half of the concert is presenting the cultural roots of the international artists through folk music and dance, and marring the musical diversity through the help of an English composer, Fabio D’Andrea.

The second half of the programme represents the personal journey of the artists through a severe winter into full bloom of spring. A life dedicated to the arts, is a lifestyle choice, often making great sacrifices.

The end of the journey represents overcoming many struggles to true commitment and dedication – a process leading to personal transformation.

For a full list of performances click here.

Don’t miss out on this world premiere by Fabio D’Andrea in association with Concordia Foundation – Building Bridges through Music and the Arts.


Box Office: 02077661100

Online www.smitf.org

Ticket Prices: £20, £16, £13

Please see flyer below for more details.

Beyond the Horizon

(Click to enlarge)

Satoko Fukuda photograph by Markkphotography

Hibiki Ichikawa photograph by James Fielding Photography

Sakura cast at Rambert

Sakura cast at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

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  1. January 5, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    This show promises to be a great experience. I just had a chat with Satoko.


  1. January 29, 2014 at 12:34 pm
  2. February 25, 2014 at 4:42 pm

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