Samurai Jazz Project
by Migiwa Miyajima and Kyo Kasumi (TATE Hatoryu NY)
Japanese traditional sword dance + big band jazz
Tate is one of Japan’s traditional performing arts and is not a match against another competitor. It is one of the performing methods that create realistic and dynamic fighting scenes by working collaboratively with one’s partner. Tate originates in Kabuki from the Edo era and evolved into today’s realistic and speedy performance by incorporating needs of the age and the essence of Budo. It emphasizes not only the skills and precise movements of the sword but also the spirit of Budo and deep respect for one’s partner and the sword. Kyo Kasumi is the founder and the director of Tate Hatoryu NY - the Tate studio. She is the Tate Master and Instructor, Japanese sword fighting instructor, action director, producer, and fighting choreographer of films and stage combat.