Contact: Sachiyo Ito email@example.com
Date: Sunday October, 23, 2011 at 7:30pm
Venue: The Ailey Citigroup Theater The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue New York, NY 10019
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The 30th Anniversary Concert: Mai/Odori/Inori
Celebrating 30 years of Dedication to Japanese Arts
Sachiyo Ito and Company will present their 30th Anniversary Concert to share the richness and beauty of the Japanese tradition with the New York community at Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City on October 23, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. For the last 30 years, Sachiyo Ito and Company has been the only group in New York City to perform Japanese classical dance, Okinawan dance and contemporary works based on these traditions.
The program will introduce Japanese culture taking audience from medieval Japan to present day through dance and live music. Dances performed will be a combination of classical and contemporary works choreographed by Sachiyo Ito. Guest artist, Japan’s renown Japanese classical dancer, Shogo Fujima, Recipient of Japan’s 2009 Art Festival Award, Geijutsu-sai Yushyu-sho (Konokai-Dojin) Jusyo–sha, will perform two pieces including a humorous duet, the 19th Century Kabuki dance with Ito.
The first section of the concert program is composed of classical dances of Kabuki and the Okinawan Court. The opening number is titled Ayame (Iris Flowers), a solo dance performed by Sachiyo Ito set to traditional Yamato-gaku music. Following is Sakura-gari by four members of the company. With music composed in 1821, the dance depicts people enjoying cherry blossoms in spring in the Edo period 19th Century.
Next the concert will introduce 18th century music and dance of the Ryukyu Court (now known as Okinawa) with Yotsudake Odori (Bamboo Castanets Dance), which was first performed in 1719. It will be accompanied by live music from the Sonny Ochiai Okinawan Music Ensemble. Sanshin is the original instrument of Shamisen, whose music became the mainstream of Kabuki and then the classical music of Japan, Yotsudake Odori gives us a rare opportunity to hear Sanshin music set in the 18th century court.
Following the classical dances is Sound of Emptiness, dedicated to the recent earthquake victims in Japan. It is a revised excerpt from the same title, created in 2008, based on the12th century epic, The Heike Monogatari which chronicles the reversal of the Heike Clan’s fortune. The dance weaves through the extraordinary life of Hoichi, who sang Heike legends as retold by Lafcadio Hearn in his ghost story Hoichi: the Earless. The dance will be performed with original music by Katie Dawn, Beth Griffith, Johnny Lin, Yoko Takahashi, Yukio Tsuji, and Kenjitsu Nakagaki. Through this dance we will offer a prayer to the departed souls of the past and of those lost in the recent tragedy in our beloved Japan.
The first piece of the program’s third part takes the audience to 19th century mainland Japan and classical Kabuki dance repertory. Entitled Chiyo no Tomozuru (Eight Thousand Years Cranes), it honors longevity and peace, appropriate for this occasion. The remaining part of the program will present contemporary works choreographed by Ito, featuring two dances accompanied live by Masayo Ishigure and her ensemble on Shamisen, and Kaoru Watanabe on Fue (traditional Japanese flute). The music, titled The Pole, is by the noted Japanese contemporary composer Etsuo Kawasaki. The Pole represents the emotional and spiritual axes on which we anchor ourselves and is a symbol of our foundation in life. The second work with live accompaniment is the premier, Encounter, which explores human interaction through meetings by four members of the company. Music is a composition by Katsutoshi Nagasawa, the prominent composer of Hogaku, the classical Japanese music.
The last dance is another premier called Yuki no Furu Machi o (The Town Where Snow Falls). The original music is a popular song from 50 years ago, but it is arranged in the classical Yamato-gaku style with traditional instruments. The dance expresses a winter scene where the incessant falling of snow is a metaphor for the ceaseless flow of memories. Embracing 30 seasons of prevailing Japanese dance in New York, this work is choreographed specifically for the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Sachiyo Ito and Company.
Founded in 1981, Sachiyo Ito and Company promotes arts and culture of Japan as a not-for–profit organization and is dedicated to creating a bridge between East and West through performances and educational and exchange program. Company performs and teaches classical dance including Kabuki, Noh, Okinawan court and presents contemporary works choreographed by Sachiyo Ito. The Company has performed at Japan Society, Asia Society, and Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center in Washington DC among others. Artistic Director, Sachiyo Ito has recently received Foreign Minister’s Award from Japanese Foreign Ministry for her contribution to play a role in the cultural exchange between Japan and USA for the last 40 years. Dancejapan is the performing ensemble of Sachiyo Ito and Company. For more information, and about the company, events, lessons on Japanese classical and Okinawan dance, please visit us at www.dancejapan.com
“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
“Ito has achieved mastery of [traditional] forms, absorbing the necessary discipline and techniques. Ito was a model of control and refinement.” Dance Magazine
“Sharing her art by a flick of her fan and flutter of her kimono sleeves, Sachiyo Ito is like a bird. Graceful, refined, yet not the least bit fragile. From her native Tokyo, she flew to New York 32 years ago.”
New York Sun
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