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Aharen Honkei was a scholar and master practitioner of traditional [[Ryukyuan dance]], and conveyor of the royal court tradition of ''[[rujigaku]]'' (ceremonial processional music).
 
Aharen Honkei was a scholar and master practitioner of traditional [[Ryukyuan dance]], and conveyor of the royal court tradition of ''[[rujigaku]]'' (ceremonial processional music).
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Born in [[Shuri]], he came to be the ''[[iemoto]]'' (head) of the Keisenkai of the Aharen school of Ryukyuan dance. He is known for a number of original pieces, and won numerous awards. One of his pieces, ''Chikujô'' ("Castle Construction"), premiered in 1983, is a dance-drama portraying the construction of [[Shuri castle]].<ref>"Shurijo Castle and Performing Arts," exhibition pamphlet, National Theater Okinawa, October-December 2020.</ref>
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Born in [[Shuri]], he studied and practiced ''rujigaku'' under [[Chinen Saburo|Chinen Saburô]], who had served as ''gakushi'' (master musician) overseeing royal processions, and ''rujigaku'' processional music in particular, in the royal court prior to the [[1879]] [[Ryukyu shobun|dissolution]] of the [[Ryukyu Kingdom]]. Honkei later came to be the ''[[iemoto]]'' (head) of the Keisenkai of the Aharen school of Ryukyuan dance. He is known for a number of original pieces, and won numerous awards. One of his pieces, ''Chikujô'' ("Castle Construction"), premiered in 1983, is a dance-drama portraying the construction of [[Shuri castle]].<ref>"Shurijo Castle and Performing Arts," exhibition pamphlet, National Theater Okinawa, October-December 2020.</ref>
    
He passed on knowledge and mastery of the ''rujigaku'' tradition to his son [[Aharen Honyu|Aharen Hon'yû]], who is known today as the last master of the tradition. Honkei's daughter Aharen Akemi<!--阿波連明美-->, meanwhile, was a prominent dance master in her own right until her death in 2006. The Keisenkai remains active today.
 
He passed on knowledge and mastery of the ''rujigaku'' tradition to his son [[Aharen Honyu|Aharen Hon'yû]], who is known today as the last master of the tradition. Honkei's daughter Aharen Akemi<!--阿波連明美-->, meanwhile, was a prominent dance master in her own right until her death in 2006. The Keisenkai remains active today.
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