Eiko Hayashi was born in Fukuoka, Japan, and grew up in Tokyo.
At the age of six, she began her training of Nihon Buyo (dance of Kabuki) at the renowned dance companion and school, Azuma-Ryu (Azuma-school). At the age of 18, she achieved the degree of Natori (master) obtaining the artist name, Shizuka Azuma . In Tokyo, she took part in numerous dance performances on the stage as a member of Azuma-Ryu.
During her study of German and French language and literature at the University of Constance (1992 – 1999), she began to perform Japanese dance related to the traditional Kabuki Theater in Europe. Since then, the idea of combining this Japanese dancing tradition and European music crystallized. Nevertheless, from time to time, the artist still returns to her artistic roots, that is to say the traditional Japanese dance of Kabuki.

Guest Performances (Extract):

November 2013: Japan Classic: West-östliche Sehnsüchte (occidental-oriental longings), cooperation with violoncello for violoncello Solo suites Nr. 2 BWV 1008 by J. S. Bach, with Piano for Haru no Umi (see in the spring) by M. Miyagi and Litany by T. Takemitsu as well as with piano and violoncello for Chidori no kyoku (Song of plover) by Yoshizawa Kengyo (in the 19 century) and Song of birds, Catalonian Folksong, arranged by Pablo Casals.

March 2013: Quinze jours au Japon, Haguenau, France, Sagi musmue (White heron – girl), Hagoromo-Densetsu (Legend of the heavenly nymph), with live music of shamisen (Japanese instrument), guitar and drums.

January 2013: Musume Dojoji in the State Museum of Ethnology, Munich. New Year celebration of the German-Japanese Society.

September 2012: Mikomignon, Dialog in spaces (interactive performance between Nihon Buyo-Kabuki dance, contemporary dance, monologs und Klavier), directed by Ludger Lamers, supported by the Department of Arts and Culture of Munich, The performing arts and the Bavarian State Association for Contemporary Dance.

April 2012: Exposition «L'éventail japonais» (Japanese fans) in the Bibliothec Fonderie de Mulhouse, Kane no Misaki (Promontory of the temple bell), Fuji ondo (The song of Wisteria) , with live music of Japanese instruments, Koto, Shamisen and songs

November 2010: Festival in Sarzeau (Espace culturel l’Hermine), France, Kane no Misaki (Promontory of the temple bell), Fuji ondo (The song of Wisteria), with live music of Japanese instruments, Koto, Shamisen and songs.

December 2009: Japanese embassy in Germany, Berlin, Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Prince Genji), collaboration of Nihon Buyo with neo-classic ballet.

Oktober 2009 : Festival – Ohayo Japan! 2009 - Wunder (unplugged), Theatre Spinnwerk, Leipzig, Sagi musume (White heron – girl), Kane no Misaki (Promontory of the temple bell).

November 2008 : Hall in « Musée national pour des arts asiatiques – Guimet », Paris. Four pieces of Nihon buyo: Kane no misaki (Promontory of the temple bell), Fuji ondo (The song of Wisteria) etc. with live music of Japanese instruments, Koto, Shamisen and songs.

October 2008: Culture festival «Hortus Wander Wunder Kammer», Hall of mirrors in the Resident, Eichstätt/by Munich. The Nightingale and the rose - this piece, based on the fairy tale of Oscar Wilde, was created by Eiko Hayashi.

September 2008: Japanese Embassy in Berlin, Germany. On the occasion of the publication of the Japanese novel Hoyo Kazoku, performance with reading, Midare and Chaconne Nr. 9 composed by Paul Amrod.

October 2007: Japanese Embassy in Berlin, Germany. Japanese dance event with Fuji ondo (wisteria girl), Haru no umi (spring sea), Partita 2 by J. S. Bach, etc. accompanied by piano.

September 2008: Tipi – The tent at the chancellery, Berlin, Haru no umi (Spring sea).

November 2007: Tenri-culture factory, Cologne, Japanese dance evening. Kane no Misaki (Promontory of the temple bell) etc.

March 2007: Gasteig, Munich. Sagi musume (White heron – girl) and the nightingale and the rose.

September 2006: Gasteig, Munich. Tokyo, contemporary dance theater, collaboration with contemporary dance, Buto and Nihon buyo.

September 2006: Japanese-German Center, Berlin. Sagi musume (White heron – girl), Mille Regretz composed by Josquin Desprez - arranged by Luys de Narvaez for vihuela (Spanish guitar) etc.

August 2005: Baroque Castle Heiligenkreuz, Austria. Kaleidoscope, to the baroque music, accompanied by harpsichord.

September 2005: City Hall in Germaring/by Munich. Sagi musume (White heron – girl).

Juli 2005: Japan Festival im English Garden, Munich. Haru no umi (Spring Sea) etc.

2003 and 2006: Festival Bertin-Poirée, Paris. Crossover: Japanese dance and European music. Baroque music pieces such as Partita 2 by J. S. Bach, Bartók and Fujimusume (Wisteria girl) etc.


2003: Salvator Hall, Vienna (Austria). Crossover: Japanese dance and European music. Baroque music pieces such as Partita 2 by J. S. Bach, Bartók, etc. accompanied by harpsichord.

Workshops:

21st - 25th November 2014 (planned): Kabuki Dance Training with Eiko Hayashi, organized by Asian Performing Arts UK in London.

Since 2006: Traditional Japanese Dance – Dance of Kabuki in the Volkshochschule in Munich.

October 2009: Traditional Japanese Dance – Dance of Kabuki in Leipzig.

November 2008: Traditional Japanese Dance – Dance of Kabuki in Berlin.

November 2007: Sakura Sakura (Cherry blossoms) in Tenri-Kulturwerkstatt, Cologne.

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