Far Eastern arts at Longwood

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October 31, 2002|By Lori Sears

Music, dance and theater of the Far East all highlight the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., this weekend. Saturday, you can watch Nori Company, a Korean drumming ensemble, and see Shizumi Dance Theater (which, incidentally, is composed of just one performer) in Japanese and Western modern dance, mime and theater performances.

Sunday, Chinese dancer Yu Wei performs ballet, folk and modern dance, and the Washington Toho Koto Society plays Japanese koto music, including children's songs, 17th-century classical pieces and contemporary works. Also on Sunday, the Aikikai Foundation of Delaware demonstrates Japanese martial arts.

Throughout the weekend, folks can tour the gardens, see displays of more than 20,000 chrysanthemums, watch strolling puppet shows from Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre, watch jugglers, play games and make crafts. The Chrysanthemum Festival runs through Nov. 24.

Events run 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Longwood Gardens, U.S. Route 1, Kennett Square, Pa. $14; $6 ages 16-20; $2 ages 6-15; free for ages under 6. Call 610-388-1000.

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