Artistic Director

home-siphoto2 Sachiyo Ito has brought together East and West through her delicate and powerful performances of classical, traditional and contemporary Japanese dance for nearly the last 43 years. She received Foreign Minister’s Award from Japanese Foreign Ministry in 2008. In 2011 her company received a Proclamation from the Mayor of New York City commemorating the 30th anniversary of founding the company, and in recognition of the contribution of her company’s work for 30 years to the City of New York.

Born in Tokyo, Sachiyo Ito is an artist, choreographer, and arts educator. She has taught at major colleges such as the Juilliard School and New York University since 1972. She earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in Dance from New York University. She was awarded the name, Sachiyo Fujima from the Fujima School of Japanese classical dance in Tokyo.

Sachiyo Ito choreographed many Off- Broadway productions including Shogun Macbeth, Dojoji: Man Inside the BellAnd the Soul Shall Dance, Monkey Music at the LaMama Theatre,  and Yeats’s Trio, Three Irish Noh Plays in Ireland as well as the New York production. She was the Kabuki Consultant for the Off-Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures.

Extensive performance credits in Japan, the United States, South America, and Europe include: the American Dance Festival, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center,  Japan Society, Asia Society, New York City Center, Riverside Dance Festival, the Bonn International Dance Workshop, Dublin Theatre Festival,  and numerous appearances on television including Channel 4, 11, 13, and at universities thought USA. 

She has also taught and performed for the educational programs sponsored by the Japan Foundation, Japan Society, Asia Society, New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Council on the Arts in the states of Alaska, North Carolina, South Carolina, and New York.

She has contributed articles to the International Encyclopedia of Dance, published by Oxford University Press.

She founded Sachiyo Ito and Company in 1981 as a not-for-profit educational organization. The Company performs a versatile range of dance styles including Kabuki, Noh, Okinawan court, Jiuta-mai, and contemporary dances that are created by Sachiyo Ito which preserve the aesthetics of the Japanese dance tradition.

The Company has performed at Japan Society, Asia Society, Lincoln Center Institute, Cherry blossom Festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. among others.

Also, the Company offers the Salon Series, on-going series of lecture demonstrations on the performing arts of Japan three times a year for the last 17 years. The unique combination of education and entertainment has inspired NewYork audiences artistically and intellectually.

Established as a school of various forms of Japanese dance in New York City, Sachiyo Ito and Company is the only New York City based Japanese dance company that performs both Okinawan dance and Japanese classical dance namely, Kabuki dance, and contemporary works based on these classical forms, choreographed by Sachiyo Ito. 

 
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<伊藤さちよ・略歴>

東京出身

1972年にアメリカンダンスフェスティバルにてアメリカデビュー以来、長年ニューヨーク大学で客員教授を務め、ジュリアードスクールなど各地の大学で教授。

アメリカ合衆国、カナダ、ヨーロッパ、南米、各地にて。ニューヨークではラママ・シアター、リンカーンセンター、オフ・ブロードウェイなどに出演、振付。一方で、ジャパンソサエティやアジアソサエティなどにて、公演のほかにも、日本文化教授プログラムやワークショップなどを開催。日本舞踊の他に沖縄舞踊、地唄舞を学び、独自のスタイル、新日本舞踊の境地を開き、現在では、古典発表と共に創作活動をおこなっている。

ニューヨーク大学教育学部より舞踊学博士号を取得

勘右門派藤間流の流儀名「藤間さちよ」受領、及び太圭流華の会の教師

サチヨイトーアンドカンパニーは日米の文化交流を目指す1981年創立の非営利法人団体。日本芸術紹介を意図とした公演とフォーラムの「さろんシリーズ」は60回を数える。NY市恒例ブルックリン植物園桜祭りでの定期公演のほか、学校や美術館などの公共施設における公演、慈善公演としてはNY市の子供達の為のワークショップや養護施設訪問等を行なっている。

2008年に約40年の日米文化交流貢献を称えられ外務大臣賞を受賞、2011年にはカンパニーの30年の市への貢献を認められニューヨーク市長宣告賞受賞

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