Rankoh Fujima is a successor to the Fujima family, which has been located at “Daichi (alternative site)” since it was awarded during the Edo period. In 1967, he started learning Japanese classical dance from his grandmother, Fujiko Fujima, and his mother, Rankei Fujima, and made his debut at the age of 6 in 1968. In 1978, the fourth head of school, Kan-emon Fujima, granted him the stage name of “Rankoh Fujima.” He organizes the dance performances for his school, called “Shikokai”, and his own recital, which is called “Rankoh-no-kai”, while holding the inter-school performance called “Goyokai.” In addition to inheriting the classical works that have been passed down to him via his great-grandmother, Kampachi Fujima, his grandmother Fujiko, and his mother Rankei, he has also released his new works based on overseas literary products and pieces of music based on his production and choreography. In 2015, he premiered “-NOBUNAGA-“ in a performance entitled “Deai (Encounter)”, which was organized in collaboration with the world-famous Russian and Japanese ballet dancers: Farouk Ruzimatov and Morihiro Iwata. He studied Nagauta music under the head of the school, the late Shojiro Kineya VI, Noh play of the Komparu school under the late Nobutaka Komparu, and the tea ceremony of the Urasenke school under Sokujitsuan Souan. He also studied Hayashi (musical accompaniment) under the late Seiko Tosha, and his stage name is Kiyoshi Tosha.
He has received many awards, including the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize, and the National Arts Festival New Face Award of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
He is also currently working as a member of the judging committee for the Tokyo Shimbun’s National Dance Competition, as well as the Seoul International Dance Competition.
|1985||Performed for Shochiku Kabuki in the United States (Los Angeles)|
|1989-90||The Young People Art Theater, sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs|
|1990||“Special Performance by Fujiko Fujima” organized by the George
and Sakaye Aratani Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles
|1992||Danced “Tchousei” “Hitori Wankyu” and “Ikimo Appare Korino Tatehiki” for the first recital,
|1997||Performed “Shunkan” in Los Angeles and Seattle under the sponsorship of the Nihon Buyo Foundation|
|1997-98||The Traveling Arts Festival sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs|
|2000||Performed “Shunkan” in Germany under the sponsorship of the Nihon Buyo Foundation
Choreographed and danced “Shigure Saigyo” for the performance by Ballet Chambre Ouest in Russia and Estonia
Planned and danced “Kyoningyo” and “Suma” for the Japanese classical dance performance in Europe and the Middle and Near East, which was organized by the Japan Foundation
|2003||Danced “Sagimusume” for the “Performance Inviting World Intangible Cultural Property”
organized by the World Ethnic Dance Institute of Korean National University of Arts (Seoul)
Planned and danced “Kyoningyo” and “Masakado” for the Japanese classical dance performance in Far East Russia, which was organized by the Japan Foundation
|2005||Planned and danced for the Japanese classical dance performance which was sponsored by the Japan Foundation and held in Far East Russia in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of concluding the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between Japan and Russia|
|2010||Danced “Tomoyakko” and “Fujimusume” for the Japanese classical dance workshop in Far East Russia (Lesozavodsk)|
|2012||Danced “Hagoromo” and “Mitsuningyo” for a performance in Ukraine, which was organized by the Nihon Buyo Foundation|
|2014||Danced “Miyakodori” for the Japanese classical dance workshop and performance at Association Culturelle Franco-Japonaise de TENRI in Paris|
|2015||Danced “Yamagaeri” and “-NOBUNAGA-“ for the performance “Deai (Encounter)”, which was organized by the 2015 Russian Festival|
photo by Kishin Shinoyama