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

The Village Voice

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

Dance Magazine

"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."

The New York Times

"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"

Dance Perspectives

In 2011 our dance company, Sachiyo Ito & Company celebrated over 30 years of Dedication to Promoting and Exploring Japanese Arts and Culture.

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Fantasy and Illusion of Transformation in Japanese Dance and Ballet

Dear Friends,

I hope your spring season is going well, though spring is rather hesitant in visiting New York area.

Please join us in this fascinating subject of theatrical transformation with Roberto Lara, formerly of Ballet Trockadero, and Sachiyo Ito at Salon Series on April 16!

Also please save a date, June 18th for the special concert with Shogo Fujima a guest artist from Japan and many great artists coming together to celebrate 60th program of Salon Series.

Thank you.

Sachiyo Ito, Artistic Director

Roberto Lara, the guest artist, and Sachiyo Ito will discuss the transformation of genders in ballet and Japanese classical dance.

Lara, formerly of Ballet Trockadero, will perform an excerpt from his work La Catrina based on Mirtha from the ballet Giselle and the traditional Mexican myth of La Catrina, Queen of the Dead. Sachiyo Ito will perform and demonstrate the transformation of female to male roles and vice versa as illustrated in the Kabuki dance, Azuma Hakkei, and will perform an excerpt from Fuji Musume (Wistaria Maiden), the most representative Kabuki Dance.

Guest Artist: Roberto Lara
When: Sunday April 16, at 3pm
Place: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 A West 13th Street, New York City Between 5th & 6th Avenue
Admission: $15 general, $10 for Senior & Student

変身: 夢と幻のドラマ
場所:天理文化協会43A West 13th Street NYC
チケット:$15, $10 (シニア/学 生)
お問合わせ :(212) 627-0265/ sachiyoito@verizon.net>

ゲスト出演:ロベルト・ララ 元トロカデーロ(男性バレー舞踊団)メンバー

男から女への、そして女から男への「役柄の変身とは?」をお話し、デモンストレーション、舞踊を通して考えます。ゲスト アーティストのロベルト・ララ氏は男性バレー舞踊団トロカデーロの元メンバーで、ララ氏の男性から女性への化粧の プロセス をメークアップ・アーティストと共にお見せし、バレー「ジゼル」とメキシコの神話に基いた彼の創作作品を披露します。一方、伊藤さちよは舞踊「吾妻八景」を例に取り、男女様々なキャラクターへの変身を説明の後踊り、最後、典型的な歌舞舞踊、「藤娘」の一部を歌舞伎衣装、化粧にて披露します。

*さろんシリーズは舞踊に重点を置きながら、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のが主旨で、日曜の午後に開かれます。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 方々を対象に、Q&Aの場、楽しい意見交換のフォーラムを提供していくことを意図しています。*



Sakura Matsuri 2016

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New Year Dance 2016

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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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