The Samurai, featuring Taro Iketani, is a theater work about the desting of the Samurai warriors. It is Taro's goal to create a new stage category to convey the sensation of "Bushido," the chivalry of the Samurai so close to the hearts of the Japanese. He has designed this performance to be enjoyed and appreciated by people from all walks of life.
Through exciting sword fighting, traditional and modern Japanese music, dancing, and authentic costumes, The Samurai tells a story of poetic justice, stressing the precious value of life. "Live by the sword, and die by the sword"-- this is the destiny of the Samurai.
The Kennedy Center was excited to showcase internationally acclaimed actor Taro Iketani and his stage drama, The Samurai on Saturday, April 8, 2000 at 6 p.m. Taro Iketani has been performing in period samurai drama for over 20 years. His passion for the samurai world and sword fighting led him to form the Taro Peformance Group in 1998. The work shown here "A Sword Fight" is a short drama about the chivalry and destiny of samurai warriors.