The Nango Art Project started in 2011 as an initiative to rediscover the charm of Nango, an area in Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture. In 2018, the community members of Nango collaborated with artists to create “Nango’s Little Art Festival”, which featured fine art, dance, and theatrical performances that drew inspiration from the region’s natural assets. In 2019, the community members and artists have been working on a dance film project, which puts a spotlight on the scenes from daily life in Nango.
“Nango” was once “Nango Village” until 2005, when it became incorporated into Hachinohe City. In contrast to the image of Hachinohe’s robust fishing industry, Nango is characterized by rolling hills surrounded by lush green mountains, and is famous for its blueberries, fruit trees, and buckwheat fields.
The region’s harsh climate gave birth to an abundance of traditional folk entertainment, most notably the Kagura, Toramai, and Enburi dance. On the other hand, the annual “Nango Summer Jazz Festival” which began around 30 years ago has also become a nationally renowned event.
Nango is the crossroads at which old traditions are preserved and new traditions are born.
Shimamori Dance Film Project
“Chronicles of Shimamori”
The “Shimamori Dance Film Project” is a visual art piece with a dance motif. Created in collaboration with the local community members and various artists, this project will leave behind “records” and “memories” of the area.
With Nango’s Shimamori area as the main setting, the short film will be shown alongside an exhibit of the various props that were used during its 8 month long production period. On the final exhibition day, there will be a special program featuring dance and musical performances, a talk event, and more.
As our preventive measures in light of the imminent spread of new coronavirus.
- 1. A special program which we will hold on 15 March is cancelled, except a film screening and prop exhibition.
- 2. Each seat is located leaving enough space
Thank you for your understanding.
【 Request all of our visitors 】
- ・Refrain from entering the facilities if you do not feel well or know that you have fever.
- ・Feel free to use the hand sanitizer installed at the entrance.
- ・Please make sure to frequently ｗash your hands.
- ・Kindly consider wearing a mask if you have symptoms such as coughing or sneezing.
- ・The exihibition room is ventilated regularly.
- ・Staff members may be wearing masks while providing services.
We request your kind understanding and patience as it is one of the measures taken in consideration of health.
Thank you for your attention.
- 【General Exhibition】Film Screening (on Loop), Prop Exhibition
- March 7 (Sat.) ~14 (Sat), 2020 from 10:00~16:00 ※excluding March 9 (Mon.)
The program goes as we planned.
【Special Exhibition】Film Screening + Dance Performance + Live Music, Talk Event March 15, 2020 (Sunday) from 13:00~17:00
March 15, 2020 (Sunday) from 10:00~16:00
a special program featuring dance and musical performances, a talk event is cancelled, except a film screening and prop exhibition.
Hachinohe Nango Shimamori Region Community Members, Yuma Ishibashi, An Sugimoto, Hana Hasegawa, & Extra Cast
How to Enjoy the Film
Features such as Shimamori’s folk entertainment, regional events, seasonal landscapes, and local traditions are captured in this film from the perspective of “The Eyes of the Things Unseen”. The production portrays the seasons in four chapters: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, which will be displayed on a 3 sided screen. Guests may freely enter and exit the venue. Much like when enjoying the seasons in the natural world, guests are free to choose which seasons they would like to focus on, and take as much time as they please. If the guest is unable to watch the entirety of the film at once, they may choose to view the film in segments through multiple visits.
Shimamori Kagura／Shimamori Spring Festival／Mushioi Matsuri／Morning mist etc.
Shimamori Toramai／Sunflower field／Wedding＆Funeral procession etc.
Rice harvest／Autumn leaves／Apple field／Hyakumanben(Praying a million times)
Yomasari Dam／the Seven Gods of Araya／Araya Enburi／Children’s Butoh