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 Bell, And 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.