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update:January 20, 2016

Folk Performing Arts: Three Dances in Kori-- Suko-Odori, Okita-Odori, and Kuromaru-Odori

 

Suko-Odori, Okita-Odori, and Kuromaru-Odori are folk performing arts of Suko, Okita, and Kuromaru areas of the Kori district. Since the 15th century, these dances have been passed down from generation to generation, each within a single family. Typically, the eldest son is the only one taught; however, there are some variants on this. Daughters are not allowed to perform Okita or Kuromaru-Odori, but recently, women have been allowed to perform Suko-Odori.

Sumikore Omura, Omura’s 16th feudal lord, was driven out of his territory by his enemy, Arima Takasumi, in 1474. However, six years later, he returned to regain his land. After a battle, he came out victorious. The people of Omura were ecstatic about this and held a celebration. They created and danced Suko-Odori, Okita-Odori, and Kuromaru-Odori in honor of his return.
It is said that a man named Hoyo who traveled from Chugokuchiku (South-west most region of Honshu) taught the three dances to the people in Kori. Originally, the three dances were a trilogy. The performance began with Suko-Odori, developed into Okita-Odori and ended with Kuromaru-Odori. However, today, each dance is performed individually. Each dance has its own musical accompaniment, costumes and theatricality making it a full performing arts experience.


Reference:『大村市の文化財』・改訂、大村市教育委員会 編集・発行、大村市文化財保護協会 執筆・検討、(大村、2004年)、2頁