Dear Dance for Japan supporters,
Your generosity has been invaluable and we are so grateful to you for bringing our mission of “elevating the world through dance” to life.
Several days ago, we were able to spend a day with the victims of the 2011 Fukushima Tsunami, many of whom are still living in government housing. We shared food, music, dancing and laughter, as they explained their personal experiences of what life has been like since the tsunami. An elderly gentleman who lost his family in 2011 choked back tears as he told us that his wish for us young people is that we understand that while there is both good and bad in life, it is up to us to protect all that is good.
Although there were a wealth of magical moments, the sight of company members teaching Motomiya residents Irish social dancing stands out. Our eyes welled up as residents, dancers and band celebrated friendship through music and movement.
The town’s Mayor offered thanks for our masterclass and subsequent performance telling us that our visit had given the town significant courage. After a spirited display of dance, the entire company, including band, chaperones and tech crew were rewarded with individual gifts of stuffed Motomiya mascots.
Displaced residents of Fukushima at the Motomiya event
It was a formative day that gave each of us valuable perspective and offered hope and courage to the disaster victims.
We strolled through the alleys of the government housing, talking to the residents and remarking on the beautiful sunflowers blooming amidst the rubble. Our lasting memory will always be that of a young boy in a cloth diaper racing after the dancers and musicians to give them one last hug.
We just finished our stay in earthquake shaken Kumamoto. We looked forward to this day and the two performances we offered to help uplift the displaced earthquake victims, and it was a memorable day of potent connection and empowerment. A sneak peak of this day will be available to you soon.
Tobaco ties from the Native Ojobwe people passed on to Kumamoto Earthquake survivors
Thank you for helping to make all of this possible, and for believing in the power of art to change lives. Short documentary videos of our outreach in Motomiya and Kumamoto will be available in late summer.
God bless you!
Trinity Irish Dance Company