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|NEWS & EVENTS|
Thank you for your support through the years.
2021 has been particularly challenging for everyone, but as it draws to a close, we look forward to a hopeful 2022.
Your help again in 2022 will enable us to continue our work: streaming our programs; creating online teaching platforms to reach all levels of participants interested in learning about Japanese dance and culture. We will also offer our in-person, public programs once thecurrent situation eases. Your donations are crucial for our mission of bridging the cultures in our diverse communities in New York and beyond.
Each donation is tax-deductible.
To donate, please go to: https://dancejapan.com/make-a-donation/
Your generous support is greatly appreciated.
Our Salon Series program celebrated its70th Program on December 12th, a milestone for this series that has spanned 24 years! This would not have been possible without your support. In this season of reflection, we also would like to offer Salon Series #71- a retrospective of the 70 programs previously presented in conversation with Susan Miyagi McCormac of JapanCultureNYC-com. This video is available till Jan.3,2022.
Please accept our heartfelt thanks and our wishes for Happy Holidays to you one and all!
Happy Holidays, Everyone!
Hope you can join us.
With Warm Wishes,
Live Streaming and Public Performance
Salon Series No. 70: Cycling of Seasons through Dance and Poetry
Time: Sunday 12/12 at 3pm
Venue: Tenri Cultural Institute 43A West13th Street NYC
Public attendance Welcomed with vaccination and masks
Click below link to view:
Link is active for 24 hours
Attendance is free online and at the venue, however donations to Sachiyo Ito and Company, NPO via website PayPal are greatly appreciated.
At the time of closure of 2021 and welcoming the New Year, the program will explore the turning of the seasons through Japanese classical dance and Haiku.
Special Guests: Masayo Ishigure on koto, Yukio Tusji on percussion, Beth Griffith on vocal, John Stevenson haiku poet, Katsuya Nishimori florist.
Dancejapan of Sachiyo Ito and Company Members
* Held three times a year, Salon Series is grassroots program taking many formats, dealing with various topics, informing and investigating aspects of Japanese arts and culture. With world class guest artists, dialogues between artists and the audience often led to new insights and a deeper understanding not only of dance, but also of human nature. *
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
場所：天理文化協会43A West 13th Street NYC
入場無料 （NPO Sachiyo Ito and Company へのご寄付歓迎）
お問合わせ ：(２１２) ６２７-０２６５/ email@example.com
Culture Bridge: Dance And Culture Of Japan By Sachiyo Ito
Please join Sachiyo Ito & Company for a Queens Public Library virtual event:
Culture Bridge is a series celebrating Flushing as one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in Queens. Culture Bridge programs focus on musical instruments, dress or dance while presenting them in both English and the most popular language among the audience. These are opportunities for cross-cultural understanding and education.
In part one on 8/26, Sachiyo Ito, Ph.D. will discuss various aspects of Japanese culture as it relates to dance with slides and video excerpts from the Sachiyo Ito and Company Archive.
In the second part on 9/2, Sachiyo Ito will give a demonstration of Japanese classical dance including the usage of dance fans and perform dances. In addition, excerpts from the Sachiyo Ito and Company Archive will be presented.
Thursdays, August 26 and September 2
Part One, 8/26: https://queenslib.org/3lqSU96
Part Two, 9/2: https://queenslib.org/3rPeBRk
For more information: https://bit.ly/3zrxxIM
Please join us for the upcoming Salon Series#69.
Thank you, and have a great summer!
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Streaming of Salon Series No. 69 on Sunday June 27, 2021, EST at 3pm
Transformation and Transition: Shakespeare, Kabuki, and Now
The Salon Series #69 will explore a topic of transformation from various perspectives: gender transformation, the ordinary to the unordinary in performing arts, development of character changes, from Shakespeare through Kabuki to the present.
Theater director, actor, and writer Ernest Abuba will share discussions with Ito. The program will include Ito’s demonstration on techniques of transformation in Kabuki dance, joined by company members, Misha DuLac, and Jonathan Wong Frye. The program will conclude with the example of transformation by Ito portraying the male character in an excerpt from Ninin Wankyu (Wankyu, the Two Shadows), the Kabuki dance first staged in 1774, with Sato Kiyotomi.
Date: June 27, 2021 3pm EST
Streaming is free, but your generous donations will help us continue streaming our programs of Salon Series and SIAC Virtual Archive Series in 2021, and will be greatly appreciated.
Donation link: https://dancejapan.com/make-a-donation/
*Salon Series: Japanese Performing Arts*
The Salon Series is an on-going series of performances and lecture-demonstrations on Japanese performing arts held three times a year. With world-class guest artists and speakers, the program has inspired NY audiences for the last 2 decades, 2021 will be the 23rd season of the series.
The Salon Series No. 69 is, in part, supported by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in partnership with NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
Sachiyo Ito’s Talk and Showing of Performance Videos 1991-2019
Free Streaming Presented by New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
David Vaughan’s The Dance Historian is in with Sachiyo Ito
Date: Wednesday May 26, at 1pm
Information and Registration:
I hope you can join us for this special presentation.
With warm regards,
Happy Spring, Everyone!
Please join us for our spring events.
With warm regards,
Performance of Japanese Classical Dance for Spring Events at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Date: April 17, at 1:15, 2:15, 3:15pm & May 9, at 2, 3, 4pm
Bloomfest Virtual Cherry Blossom Festival
Date: April 19, at 12pm Time Subject to change.
Visit the website below and www.dancejapan.com for updates.
Free Online Workshop: Gentle Japanese Dance for Seniors
Date: May 5-June 30 Wednesdays 11-12pm
Let’s dance at your small space with easy and gentle movements to the body, learning the basics of Japanese classical dance and gaining graceful gestures and movements-from dancing to daily life.
Dance fans/practice Yukata can be provided. See the details below.
David Vaughan’s The Dance Historian Is In
Sachiyo Ito’s talk and showing of her performance films.
Streamed by New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center
Date: Wednesday May 26, at 1pm.
Streaming of Salon Series No. 69
“Transformation and Transition: Kabuki, Shakespeare, and Now”
Special Guest: Ernest Abuba (Actor/Theater Director/Writer)
Date: June 13, at 3pm
Visit www.dancejapan.com for details of the program and viewing link in early June. Also, Newsletter will be sent out to those in our mailing list. To join in the mailing list, send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information regarding Free Online Workshop: Gentle Japanese Dance for Seniors
This workshop is specially designed for seniors (over 65) and offered free of charge. Yukata/obi and dance fans can be provided (Limited and Pick up Required).
Limited to 10 participants.
Goal is to gain grace and beauty through learning, basics of Japanese dance and selected dance repertory. In addition, since a dance is a mirror of a culture, we will discuss Japanese culture, arts, and literature as they relate to the dance.
The sequential 10 sessions are offered 9 weeks in May and June with one additional as discussed with participants in late June.
Date: Wednesdays 11am-12pm from 5/ 5 to 6/30
Sequential topics are:
** How to dress in yukata and obi (the traditional dress and sash worn);
** Basic movements, techniques, and style;
** 3 dances from folk dances;
** Basic use of dance fan for expressive movements;
** Sakura (Cherry blossom Dance);
** Itako Dejima (the Island of Itako);
Talks on the background that have nurtured dance forms, the poetry in the lyrics of the dances, interpreting them into movements and gestures, and sharing among the participants stories from their experiences in Japan and Japanese culture.
Contact for Inquiry and Registration: Sachiyoito@verizon.net
Deadline for Registration: 5/1/2021
Seniors can exercise dexterity of hands, since hand motions are important in Japanese dance, and handling of fans also require motions that is helpful to those with arthritis. The subtlety in movements and gestures, which are essential in Japanese dance will train seniors the act of focusing, even on one single movement. Importantly, movements are designed for less stressful use of knees.
Also, private viewing video link to recording of the dances to be taught, links to Sachiyo Ito’s dances will be sent to participants via email.
Materials for practicing, fans/yukata/obi/ties can be picked up from Instructor’s studio in Chelsea from Front Desk.
This program is administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and supported by public funds in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department for the Aging.
時: 毎週水 曜日朝11時から12時 10回
期間 : 5月5日より6月30日
Dear Friends, please join us!
New Online Class of Japanese Classical Dance for Beginners
Gaining Grace through Japanese dance
When: 10 Saturdays at 11am-12pm from 2/20-4/24
The Goal: Graceful gestures and movements from dancing to daily life
Learning and adopting graceful manners and gestures from dance movements to daily activities; learning Japanese cultural traditions through literature and backgrounds of dances; dressing in yukata; learning basics of Japanese dance, including the proper stance, how to walk, and the use of the dance fan; studying repertories of classical dances; strengthening the core through Japanese dance.
Subjects: How to dress in yukata; the movements and styles of Japanese classical dance; how to use dance fans for expressive movements; repertory from classical dances such as Itako Dejima, Ume ni mo Haru, Kyo no Shiki, Chiyo no Tomozuru (excerpt)
Fee: $100 for 10 classes; or $55 for 5 classes
A recording is available for 2 weeks with additional fee of $2 if participants wishes to obtain by missing a class.
Note: In the first class, t-shirt and pants or legging are to be worn. They are suitable for observing stance and leg/feet movements. Socks are acceptable if no tabi are available.
By the second week, dance fans/Yukata/obi/ties are needed for the lesson.
* Intermediate Online Class will be offered after 10 sessions. Participants in the Beginners’ Class are welcomed to join.
*Watch announcements on our website for: “Gentle Japanese Dance Designed for Seniors”* and “Children’s Online Class “ offered during the summer.*
*We will focus on gentle manner in dancing, including lessening stress during knee movements, easing arthritis pains in hands through graceful hand and finger movements, and use of the dance fan.
**We will focus on learning manners such as the proper bow; maintaining a good posture while enjoying songs and use of dance fans; and cultural traditions as they relate to dance.
Inquiry: email@example.com Tel: 212-627-0265
Registration deadline: February 19, 2021 5pm **
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** Please contact us if you miss the deadline this time, or if you are interested in the future class. Next offering of On-line Beginners’ Class is planned for 3/20
お稽古代: $100 for 10 classes； もしくは$55 for 5 classes
伊藤さちよ舞踊団 日本舞踊教室 (主宰：藤間さちよ)
Dear Friends, Happy New Year!
We at Sachiyo Ito and Company wish you all good health and peace for the New Year.
We would like to invite you to two online presentations in the first month of 2021.
First, join us for the upcoming streaming of Salon Series No.68 on Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 3pm EST, “Symbolism of Snow”.
Taking the symbolism of snow, the Salon Series No.68 will be offered to herald in the snowy season and to welcome a new season of unity into the world.
Snow is a popular theme in the Japanese traditional arts, poetry, music, and dance, often symbolizing the ephemeral quality of love, as it melts away. This symbolism is central to the 18th Century Kabuki dance, Heron Maiden, to be performed by Ito. An improvisation of poetry, music, and dance by the guest artists, including international musician, Kaoru Watanabe, vocalist Beth Griffith, Russian dancer Julia Kulakova as well as Dancejapan Ensemble, will culminate the program. Each dancer will choose a poem of their culture referencing snow, and using reverence to nature as a springboard, each dancer offers their interpretation of the theme. We wish to send a message that each human being is as precious and unique as each individual snowflake, and yet similar in essence beyond differences in race, ethnicity, and culture.
To watch, please visit our website: dancejapan.com for the link. The link will be announced by January 24. Also we will send you a reminder with the link.
The link will be active for 24 hours.
Second, we invite you to view “Beat of the Boroughs, NYC Online” featuring Sachiyo Ito.
“Beat of the Boroughs, NYC Online” was created and sponsored by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in response to the pandemic. Originally broadcast on November 31, 2020, the link below will lead you to the talk/demonstration/dance and creative-work interview episode with Dancejapan’s artistic director, Sachiyo Ito.
*Salon Series: Japanese Performing Arts*
The Salon Series is an on-going series of performances and lecture-demonstrations on Japanese performing arts held three times a year. With world-class guest artists and speakers, the program has inspired NY audiences for the last 2 decades, 2019 will be the 23rd season of the series.
Streaming is free, but your generous donations will help us continue streaming our programs in 2021, and will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year, virtually and in person!
さろんシリーズ第 6８回「 雪の象徴」ストリーミング
日時：１月３１日（日）午後3時－4時 EDT に ホームページのオンライン・リンク をクリックして頂くとご覧になれます。リンクは24時間有効です。
お問合わせ ： firstname.lastname@example.org 212-627-0265
ストリーミング二つ目は「ニューヨークのビート、あちこち」（Beat of the Boroughs, NYC Online by Center for Traditional Music and Dance 伝統音楽舞踊センター) コロナに直面するアーチストのインタビュー、デモンストレーション、現況に訴えての作品を収録した企画で、去年11月３０日放映の伊藤さちよの録画がご覧になれます。以下が直接リンクです。
Artistic Director Sachiyo Ito will be featured as one of artists in their online series, presented by Center for Traditional Music and Dance.
On 10/30 at 5pm, she will show dance demonstration, her works chosen in view of the current circumstance and her reflection.
For their announcement, please see below.
Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) is proud to announce our program series Beat the Boroughs: NYC Online. This online video series takes you into the homes and neighborhoods of fifty of New York City’s leading immigrant performers and their diverse cultural traditions. A stellar cast of musicians and dancers presents their personal stories, remarkable traditions, and pandemic experiences.
Please join us for the fifth installment of the Virtual Archive Series of Sachiyo Ito and Company. In this program we present full length versions of the dances whose excerpts were streamed before as Highlights.
They are a kabuki dance, Kyo Ningyo, and dances choreographed for the poems written by Thich Nhat Hanh (Zen monk, peace activist, and poet): “Illusion Transformed” and “Please Call Me by My True Names.”
I hope you enjoy the rare comic of the kabuki dace, and the great performance by the artist from Japan, Jinsho Fujima.
This program will be streamed on two separate days, beginning at 6pm EDT:
Thursday, September 24
Thursday, October 1
The link will be active for 24 hours. To watch, click: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgtTkCXMBDo
Virtual Archive Series is offered for free, but if you liked the presentation, we greatly appreciate your donation to help us to continue streaming. Also, the past streaming can be viewed with your donation, please contact us through our website to request the link for viewing. To donate, click the donation tab for PayPal on the website.
Thank you and stay well!
木曜日9月24日、10月1日6pm EDT に オンライン・リンク
今回上演作品は、以前「ハイライト」として放送した作品を全曲でお送りします。 歌舞伎舞踊では珍しい喜劇 と言える「京人形 」は 日本から招聘した藤間仁章氏ゲスト出演にて上映致します。 そして平和運動活動家で禅僧のThich Nhat Hanh氏の詩Please Call Me by My True Names とIllusion Transformedに振り付けた伊藤さちよ創作舞踊をお届けします。
Thank you and stay well!
Please join us on Thursdays July 30, and August 6, 2020 at 6pm ET for the streaming of Virtual Archive Series of Sachiyo Ito and Company. The link will be active for 24 hours.
This program will present the Classical Tale of Dojoji Temple and Dojoji 2002.
To watch, click: https://youtu.be/yuAsNnGl_sQ
Virtual Archive Series is offered for free, but if you liked the presentation, we greatly appreciate your donation to help us to continue streaming. Also, the past streaming can be viewed with your donation, please contact us through our website to request the link for viewing. To donate through PayPal, please click here.
Thank you and stay well!
Sachiyo Ito and Company
REVIEW: 2018 Sakura Matsuri Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
[read review + view photos]
“Sachiyo Ito & Co. brings classical dance to Japanese Festival”
By Sarah Bryan Miller | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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…
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.
“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.