"Sachiyo Ito, an expressive and powerful performer, is, at the same time, touchingly delicate."

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“Ito has achieved mastery of [traditional] forms, absorbing the necessary discipline and techniques. Ito was a model of control and refinement.”

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"Miss Ito appeared to mix styles, combining Japanese formality with the fluidity of western modern dance. Movements were delicate and it seemed as if Miss Ito were about to dissolve into mist with each step."

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"Sachiyo Ito is a graceful dancer/choreographer/teacher of quiet power."

Attitude Winter 2002

"Sachiyo Ito has a rare understanding of the culture of her country, and she is able to intrigue and enchant with her knowledge and her artistry"

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REVIEW: 2018 Sakura Matsuri Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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The theme for the 20th year of Salon Series in 2018 is Traditional Performing Arts for Future Generation. In Salon Series No. 62, we will explore the question of why Japanese traditional arts continue to be honored and incorporated by contemporary artists.
Japanese traditional arts have shown their influence on Western arts since the turn of the 20th century, beginning with Japan’s move to open its doors to the West in the 19th century.  In this program, we will focus on Japanese influence on Western dance and theater. 
Our guest artists for this program are Yoko Shioya, Artistic Director at Japan Society, and Annie-B Parson, Artistic Director of Big Dance Theater, an award-winning contemporary theater and dance company.
Yoko Shioya will open with a general overview and commentary on the current and future impacts of Japanese traditional arts on contemporary creative works.
Sachiyo Ito will then follow with a demonstration on traditional Noh, Kabuki, and Okinawan dance and theater techniques. The demonstration will then conclude with a dance performance of an Okinawan court dance, Yotsudake Odori, and a newly created work inspired by Okinawan tradition, performed by members of Sachiyo Ito’s Dancejapan ensemble.
After the performance, Annie-B Parson will present a video excerpt of Big Dance Theater’s work entitled “The Other Here” that incorporated Yotsudake Odori. This work, which was commissioned by and premiered at Japan Society in 2007, is based on stories of well-known contemporary Japanese novelist Ibuse Masuji, whom Ms. Shioya recommended to Big Dance Theater as a source of inspiration.  Ms. Parson and Ms. Shioya will then discuss the importance of collaboration and offer their insights on the contemporary creative process as inspired and supported by centuries-old Japanese traditions. After the discussion, we will open the floor to questions. 

Guest Artists: Annie-B Parson, Artistic Director of Big Dance Theater, and Yoko Shioya, Artistic Director of Japan Society

Dancers: Yuu Fujita, Mihane Sahara, Sachiyo Ito

Date: Sunday June 10, 2018 3pm-4pm

Place: Tenri Cultural Institute 43A West 13th Street NYC

Admission: $20 (General), $15 (Student and Senior)

Information: sachiyoitoandcompany@gmail.com or Tel: 212-627-0265

Salon Series No. 62 「コンテンポラリー舞踊と演劇における日本の伝統芸能」
場所:天理文化協会43A West 13th Street NYC
チケット:$20.00 / $15.00 (シニア/学 生)
お問合わせ :(212) 627-0265/ sachiyoito@verizon.net   
     :アニービー・パーソン( Big Dance Theatre芸術監督)
20年目を迎える『さろんシリーズ』の今年のテーマは 「近代における日本の伝統芸能」です。
今回はコンテンポラリー舞踊団として注目を浴びているBig Dance Theatre の芸術監督アニービー・パーソンとジャパンソサエティー芸術監督の塩谷氏をゲストとしてお招きし、近世二十世紀初頭以来、日本の伝統芸能の西洋演劇舞踊へもたらした影響と未来への展望を探ります。
ダンスジャパンの沖縄伝統舞踊四つ竹の披露と、この踊りを取り入れたBig Dance Theater創作舞踊劇 “Other Here ” (井伏鱒二小説を基にジャパンソサエティー創設100周年記念委託作品)の録画紹介、その他の舞踊をお楽しみ下さい。
*「さろんシリーズ」は、日本の舞踊を焦点に当てながら、日本の伝統芸能に対する理解を多くの方々に深めて頂くために、日曜の午後に定期的に開催しています。芸能各分野のゲストア-テイストとのコラボレ-ション、他国との舞踊文化との比較などを通して日本文化へのより深い理解を目指しています。又、日本の舞踊、演劇、音楽に興味のある方、また勉強していらっしゃる 方々に、Q&Aの場、楽しい意見交換のフォーラムを提供していく事を意図としています。


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Photo: Tony Sahara

Photo: Tony Sahara



Mon, Jul 30, 2018
Tenri Cultural Institute 43A West 13th Street NYC
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Summer Dance Workshop for Children offered by Spoke the Hub. Enjoy many dance styles in “Do You Speak Dance?”!
Japanese dance: July 30-August 3, August 27-31

Info: spokethehub.org

Sun, Oct 21, 2018
3:00 pm 
Tenri Cultural Institute 43A West 13th Street NYC
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Guest Artist: Shoko Tamai, Artistic Director, Ninja Ballet
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“Sachiyo Ito & Co. brings classical dance to Japanese Festival”
By Sarah Bryan Miller | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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We wanted to share some comments from guests attending the Salon Series #49: Ma and Breathing in Dance and Healing

Ma means space. Ma means nothing. Ma means breath. Sachiyo Ito began her 49th Salon explaining breath techniques used by Kabuki actors to transmit emotions to the audience. After warmly encouraging her Salon audience to inhale, smile, exhale and smile, Ito effectively demonstrated the vital energy areas of the body: hara – lower abdomen, diaphragm and throat…

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Report from the Anniversary ConcertAyame
The 30th Anniversary Concert was held on October 23. 2011 at Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City.  Dances in the program included classical, and contemporary works choreographed by Sachiyo Ito.

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“Sachiyo Ito and Company Day” in the City of New York!


The Office of the Mayor has officially proclaimed October 23. 2011 as  “Sachiyo Ito and Company Day” in the city of New York.  [view proclamation]. The proclamation was presented to Sachiyo Ito and Company by the Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg at the Anniversary concert.

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