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Busy times! Lots of performances coming up!

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This spring has been busy for Zyka and it is not over yet! Before we reach May we have three more performances to do.

First out is Stockholm’s Cherry Blossom Festival, arranged by the Japanese society in Stockholm.

We have participated in it before but new for this year is that we will have our own table during the whole day, and two performances!

 

First one is 13:00 and the second one is 16:30, it’s on the small stage though so it’s a different stage than where we have been performing earlier years.

The event starts at 13:00 and ends at 17:00. Apart from our table you will find many other interesting Japanese things there.

 

After that comes Stockholm’s Kulturnatt where lots of exciting things happen all over Stockholm, and one of those things is Zyka performing!

We will perform together with Hino Nora Taiko, the same group we performed with this winter at Etnografiska Museet in Stockholm.

The performance is held outside of Östasiatiska museet on Skeppsholmen and starts at 18:00.

You get a chance to see both us, and hear a fantastic taiko performance, don’t miss it!

 

And lastly there is the International dance day on the 29th of April.

Zyka will participate in the celebrations of the day at Kungsträdgården in Stockholm, 13:00-18:00 on the 29th of April. Zyka is at the end of the program so roughly sometime after 17:30. More information will come later on.

 

So there are quite a few chances to see us coming up! Hope to see you there.Logga färg

 

[Blog] Last stop of Danskarusellen, and a well deserved award!

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Yesterday, 3rd of April, Zyka Yosakoi performed at the third and final stop of Danskarusellen 2016.

The event took place at Skarpnäck Kulturhus in (you guessed it) Skarpnäck. It featured the great dancegroups from the two previous tour stops, and all their amazing, creative performances. Well, except one group that couldn’t make it and one of the original choreographies that mysteriously went missing this time.

Which choreography, you ask? Well… it was ours…

“Wait, what? No Bankuramou? But why!?”

Calm down. Let me explain. We wanted to perform Bankuramou, but found ourselves in an increasingly tricky situation when a growing part of our Banku dancing team was unable to make it to the stage. Howl studied for exams, our leader Oushou went on a trip to Italy, Wholock had guard duties and sickness struck Peanuts when we needed her the most.

We ended up with only half of Zyka, including our trusty -to new to dance- member Ewok. Helping us as staff and morale support.

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We were full of dance energy!

Since most of us normally dance in the same middle column, trying to perform Bankuramou would feature us in a never before seen (and best left unseen) L-formation.

But just look at us. We were full of dance energy! In spite of our predicament we mustered our courage, and with the strength of ten thousand dreams still in our hearts, we prepared for our plan B: Changing choreography (overnight!to the always uplifting sou-odori, Za Festival!

And the show was a blast! As we danced, we spread our joy and energy to the crowd. Some couldn’t help themselves, they started waving their arms in dancelike patterns and shout our kakegoe with us. And that’s what Yosakoi is all about.

We didn’t win the competition though. We won’t be representing Stockholm in the finals at Karlstad. That honor was given to the talented k-pop group UNIQUE, and the awesome BLACKOUT EMPIRE. We congratulate them on their victory and wish them luck in the finals!

But Zyka also found a reason to celebrate! One of the special awards went to Zyka’s very own member, Park! “For showing the passion and joy of dancing and boosting her whole teams performance” she won the Best Stage Personality-award!

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Park! “Best Stage Personality”, Danskarusellen 2016

It was an award most well deserved. All of Zyka is very proud!

– ヒッチ

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Performance at the first stop of Danskarusellen!

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On the 5th of March we participated in the first stop of Danskarusellen!

It was the first time since the Yosakoi festival in October we performed Bankuramou so we were a bit nervous but the performance went really well and we all had a blast. The event was great fun and we enjoyed all the other amazing dancers that also participates in Danskarusellen.

Hopefully we will be able to post a video of the performance soon. For now, only a photo though.

WHOlock, Park and Iruka? at Danskarusellen in Sollentuna. 2016

Next stop of Danskarusellen is at Blå Huset in Tensta on the 19th of March, which is next Saturday. If you have the time, please come watch us then!

Zyka Yosakoi at NärCon Vinter 2016!

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Tomorrow, Saturday, Zyka Yosakoi is going to perform at the preshow for Cosplay SM at NärCon Vinter in Linköping!

We are all very excited for the performance, if you happen to visit NärCon tomorrow do come and see us!

Keep an eye on our twitter during the day tomorrow for more updates about the performance.

And here you can watch a trailer for Cosplay SM.

Performance at Etnografiska Museet!

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On the 5th of December we did our last performance of the year, this year held at Etnografiska Museet in Stockholm. The performance was done together with Andrew Hickman and Hino Tora Taiko.

All of us had lots of fun and the performance went well. It felt good to end the year with a performance we were so happy with and with such a good audience. We hope that we will get the chance to perform at Etnografiska Museet again soon!

Group shot before the performance

You can find more photos from the performance over at our photo page!

Group shot with Hino Tora Taiko and Andrew Hickman

We now also announce that we once again will participate in Danskarusellen! We are hoping for as much fun as we had last year and looking forward both to seeing all other great dancers and getting to show Bankuramou on a stage. You can find more information about our participation in Danskarusellen here.

Performance at Etnografiska museet on the 5th of December!

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On the 5h of December 14.30 we will perform together with Andrew Hickman and Hino Tora Taiko at their taiko-consert called “Musikmöte – Rytmer från urtid i nutid”.

It’s the first time for us performing together with taiko drummers and we find it very exciting. Taiko drums is really an impressive instrument, we got a sneak peek of their performance when we practised together a few weeks ago and can’t wait to hear the rest.

This will also be our final performance for this year. Which means it is the last chance to see us before 2016! Don’t miss it.

You can see us perform at:

Etnografiska museet, 5th of December at 14.30.
Together with Andrew Hickman and Hino Tora Taiko.
More information can be found on the museum’s homepage.

See you there!