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News Japanese Folk Troupe Ranbyoshi Performs at Marlboro College, April 5

MARLBORO, VT -- (March 22, 2011) -- Marlboro College will host a free, public performance by Ranbyoshi, on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:00pm in Ragle Hall.

Ranbyoshi is a folk art performance group of 12 people of different ages based in the Japanese city of Sapporo. They perform original drum compositions, dances, and songs as well as theater sketches that maintain the tradition of folk art while creating new rhythms and sounds.

Tatsuhiko Muraba founded Ranbyoshi in 1998 after visiting Hachijo Island and becoming fascinated with how Taiko performance was passed down between generations. While the members of Ranbyoshi are not necessarily blood-related, they consider themselves a family because their philosophy for mastering their art resembles the growth of a family.

The performance by Ranbyoshi leads off a five-day symposium exploring the concept of Embodied Learning, organized by Marlboro's Asian studies professor, Seth Harter. The interactive symposium takes place from April 6-10 and features leading scholars and practitioners of Embodied Learning discussing and presenting work. Visit www.marlboro.edu/el for more information and a complete schedule.

The Embodied Learning Symposium is co-presented by Vermont Performance Lab and made possible by the Freeman Foundation for Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative II.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College public relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. Photos available upon request.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and master's degree and certificate programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration, nonprofit management and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.
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