"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"

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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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NEWS & EVENTS

Dear Friends:

Happy Holidays!

Thank you for your support of the Salon Series over the years. This will be the last of the series. The task of introducing the arts and culture of Japan is too immense for one person, and I was only able to open a small window. But it has been a gratifying journey for me, and my heart felt thanks to our audiences, guest artists and lecturers, mentors, and colleagues is greater than words can express.  Please come and join us for the finale of this series that has spanned 25 years.

Best wishes,

Sachiyo Ito

 

Salon Series No.74: Renku (Linking Verses) and Dance

The series No.74 will present Renku (Linking Verses) and Dance

The program will present a classical Kabuki dance, a work fusing classical Japanese dance and Okinawan dance, and a contemporary dance created by Ito to conclude the Salon Series that has educated and entertained New York audiences for the past 25 years. Then, audiences will be introduced to Haiku, the shortest form of Japanese poetry, and to Renku, a much less known form from which Haiku developed. As the highlight of the program, the poets and Ito will link verses and dances in an improvisation, accompanied by live music and singing.

Date: Sunday December 18, 2022, at 3pm

Venue: Tenri Cultural Institute 43Awest 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Ticket: General $20, Student and Senior $15

Information: sachiyoitoandcompany@gmail.com

https://www.dancejapan.com

Salon Series is an ongoing program of informative lectures, lecture-demonstrations and performances aimed  on the arts and culture of Japan. The series is held on Sunday afternoons three times a year.  In an informal forum setting, and with world class guest artists and experts, the series has entertained and educated New York audiences for the last 25 years.

The Salon Series in 2022 season is supported, in part, by public funds from Lower Manhattan Cultural in Partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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さろんシリーズ第74回「連句と舞踊」

日時:12月18日(日)午後3時

場所:天理文化協会43A West 13th Street NYC

入場料: $20 (Student and Senior $15)

お問合わせ:sachiyoitoandcompany@gmail.com

さろんシリーズ第74回は「連句と舞踊」を上演致します。まず歌舞伎舞踊長唄曲「君が代松竹梅」の抜粋をダンスジャパンメンバーが、そして、伊藤さちよがさろんシリーズ最終回に因んだ創作2曲を披露。又、アメリカ俳句協会のジョン・ステイ―ブンソン氏による俳句、連句、歌仙についてのお話の後、連句と舞踊の即興をライブ演奏で上演致します。 最後に観客投稿の俳句に伊藤が即興で振り付け致します。俳句ご持参の上のご来場をお待ちしております。

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いただこうと言うのが主旨で、年に3回、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。

Snow in the Garden by 歌川広重 Utagawa Hiroshige

Dear Friends,

Hope you can join us for Salon Series.

Best wishes,

Sachiyo Ito

Salon Series No.73, Japanese Folktales and Kabuki Dances, will showcase Japanese folktales and Kabuki dances with the folktale storyteller Motoko on Sunday October 23 rd  at 3pm at Tenri Cultural Institute, New York.

The featured stories will be Urashima Taro, Yamanba (Old Women in the
Mountain), and Hagoromo (Angel’s Robe). Sachiyo Ito will perform Kabuki
dances: Nagauta Urashima, Tokiwazu Yamanba (Yamameguri), and Nagauta
Matsu no Hagoromo (Angel’s Robe at the Pine).

Jonathan Frye and Dinh Doan will also make special appearances.

Time: Sunday October 23rd, 2022 at 3pm

Venue: Tenri Cultural Institute NYC Between 5th and 6th Avenue

Ticket: General $20, Student and Senior $15

Registration/Inquiry: sachiyoitoandcompany@gmail.com

Salon Series is an ongoing program of informative lectures, lecture-demonstrations and performances aimed  on the arts and culture of Japan. The series is held on Sunday afternoons three times a year.  In an informal forum setting, and with world class guest artists and experts, the series has entertained and educated New York audiences for the last 25 years.

さろんシリーズ第73回「日本の説話と舞踊」

日時:10月23日(日)午後3時-4時

場所:天理文化協会43A West 13th Street NYC

入場料: $20 (Student and Senior $15)

お問合わせ:sachiyoitoandcompany@gmail.com

さろんシリーズ第73回は「日本の説話と舞踊」と題して, Motoko氏をゲストに迎えて上演します。昔話の浦島太郎と山姥、そして羽衣伝説 のお話に平行して歌舞伎舞踊三作品、 長唄「浦島」、常磐津「山姥(山巡り)」、長唄「松廼羽衣」の抜粋を踊ります。 

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いただこうと言うのが主旨で、年に3回、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。

ご来場をお待ちしております。

伊藤さちよ舞踊団 (主宰藤間さちよ)

Dear Friends,

Please join us for Salon Series No. 72: What makes Japanese Art II?

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The second installment will focus on the fundamental concept that has fostered Japanese arts and culture, Setsugekka, exploring symbolism and metaphors of snow, the moon, and flowers, and how they are expressed in Japanese dance.

Online Streaming Date/Time: Thursday June 30 at 7pm through July 4, 7pm (EST)

Viewing is free, but your generous donation via Paypal on the homepage is appreciated.

Also, a special Japanese Dance Workshop for Beginner and Intermediate will be held during August. For details, visit dancejapan.com.

Thank you and look forward to seeing you soon!

Best wishes,

Sachiyo Ito

Artistic Director

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「さろんシリーズ第72回」無料配信のお知らせを致します。

今回は「日本芸術を作るもの模索:第二回」で、雪月花をテーマにし、雪月花についての話と雪月花を表現した舞踊作品の紹介を致します。

配信リンクはホームページ:https://dancejapan.com でご覧頂けます。

配信時間:6月30日 7pm – 7月4日 7pm

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いただ こうと言うのが主旨で、年に3回、日曜の午後に開かれます。又、芸能各分野のゲストア-テイストとのコラボレ-ション、他国との舞踊文化との比較を通してより深い理解を目ざして来ました。

今後共引き続き宜しくお願い致します。

伊藤さちよ舞踊団主宰 (藤間さちよ)

宵桜 “Yoi zakura” (Cherry Blossoms at Full Moon Night)

Painting by 宮本秋風 Shufu Miyamoto

http://tiffanyashleybooks.com/love-script-deluxe-faqs Japanese Dance Summer workshop for Beginners and Advanced

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When:

5 Tuesdays in August 6:30-7:30pm for Beginners from 8/2

5 Wednesdays in August 6:30-7:30pm for Advanced from 8/3**

Where:

Chelsea Sachiyo Ito and Company Studio in Manhattan

405 West 23rd Street (#4G) New York, 10011 (212-627-0265)

Cost:

$80 Workshop Advance Payment/ A single class at $20

Registration/Inquiry: sachiyoitoandcompany@gmail.com

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Instructions include:

-Basic movements of Japanese classical dance

-Use of dance fans for expressive movements

-Repertory from Kabuki Dance

Materials Necessary for the Workshop: dance fan/yukata or kimono/obi/ties

If you do not have a dance fan, it can be purchased from the company studio, a new fan at $25, used at $15

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Limited to 5 participants

Deadline of Registration: 7/25

****Advanced students can be trained to join the company in the fall for performing at cherry blossom festivals and more events in the spring of 2023.**

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Queens Rising: Japanese Culture Through Dance by Sachiyo Ito

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Greetings!

I hope you can join us for the presentation on Wednesdays June 1st and 6th at 11am.  Please find the links to view the program below.

Queens Rising

Japanese Culture through Dance by Sachiyo Ito

In the two parts of the program Sachiyo Ito, Ph. D, will discuss major characteristics of Japanese culture as they appear in dance, and give a survey of the history of Japanese performing arts. Following she will show a demonstration of basic styles and techniques to illustrate dance and theater forms in her discussion.

This is a Starr Grant program.

 
Part 1:                     
Date: Wednesday, 6/1/2022         
Time: 11 am -12 noon


 
Join here
Or join by phone: 408 418 9388
Meeting # code: 2342 359 2789
Password: 0601

Part 2:
Date: Wednesday, 6/8/2022                                                
Time: 11 am -12 noon

 
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Join here

Or join by phone: 408 418 9388
Meeting # code: 2349 834 4659
Password: 0608

Also, Salon Series No.72 will be streamed on June 30 at 7pm, for which we will be announcing the link to view in a few weeks.

Additionally, if you have not seen our brief videos of from our most recent performances, please watch them at the links below:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Japan Day Parade

Thank you.

Best wishes,

Sachiyo Ito 
 

*Your tax-deductible donation helps us continue our artistic and educational programs successfully. Again, thank you for your support of the work of Sachiyo Ito and Company.

*Founded in 1981 as a performing and educational not-for-profit organization (501-c-3), Sachiyo Ito and Company is dedicated to creating a bridge between Japan and USA through artistic performances and educational programs.

*In 2008, Artistic Director Sachiyo Ito received the Foreign Minister’s Award from the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

*On October 23, 2011, a Mayoral Proclamation was awarded to Sachiyo Ito and Company for its significant contributions to the City of New York. 

Thank you once again to everyone that came out to the Japan Day Parade!

And thank you JAPAN DAY @ CENTRAL PARK for inviting us and to all the organizers! We were very happy to be there, and we hope you all had a great time. It was an amazing experience dancing down along Central Park and seeing so many excited faces. We were honored to have been there with you.

Please join Sachiyo Ito & Company in JAPAN PARADE!

Opening Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2022

Location: Central Park West between 70th and 71st street (Grand Stand area VIP only)

Japan Parade starts at 1:00 p.m.

Route: Central Park West from 81st street heading south towards 68th street

For more info, please click:

https://japandaynyc.org/parade/

Legacies Track

Culture Bearers and Traditions for Posterity 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. MARCH 18, 2022

Zoom Links:

Main Zoom

Backup Zoom

Folkloric and traditional dance practitioners offer insights on the strength of their practices for posterity, articulating the ways they participate in the wider dance field and how they pass on their traditions. How are these artists perceived, supported and included, and on what terms?

Featured Speakers:

* Paula Sánchez-Kucukozer, Manager and Founding Member, Son Pecadores

* Sachiyo Ito, Artistic Director, Sachiyo Ito and Company

* Sahasra Sambamoorthi, CEO, Navatman

Moderator:

Darian Parker, Ph.D., Guest Professor of West African Dance, The Juilliard School

Upcoming Performances in DC, NJ

DC Information:

***National Cherry Blossom Festival

***Sunday April 3, 2:45pm-3:15pm

***at Tidal Basin Anna Stage Performance 

Come and Join us for our exquisitely elegant Japanese Classical Dance to celebrate the closing of the Tidal Basin Program!

NJ Information:

***Bloomfest 

***Sunday April 10, 2:30-4pm

***at Prudential Glove Stage, Branch Brook Park

Let’s celebrate together with our program at the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Essex County Branch Brook Park, where you can enjoy thousands of cherry blossoms!

Free Workshop for Seniors: Dance and Poetry of Japan

Join Sachiyo Ito for the special Workshop this spring!

Participants will learn the basics of Japanese classical dance, repertories of 19th century Kabuki dance, and are introduced to two Japanese poetry forms of Haiku and Renku (linking verses), as well as learning how to dress Yukata/Kimono, and more about Japanese culture.
Also, participants have a chance to share dance and poetry as a public component. The goal is to enjoy sharing dance and poetry of Japan as well as learning about the Japanese culture, and to create a communal art of dance and poetry inspired by the Japanese tradition.

Date: Thursdays at 11am to 1pm- Beginning Thursday March 31, 2022

Limited to 10 participants- Open to All and accessible to those in wheelchairs

Location: Greenwich House Center on the Square at 20 Washington Square North

What you need to bring: Socks, dance practice attire Yukata/kimono, dance fans. If you do not have them, they will be provided by the instructor. Two cotton ties (length of 3 times of your waist at the least) for wearing practice attire

Email: sachiyoitoandcompany@gmail.com For more information

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無料ワークッショップ:シニアを対象にした体に優しい日本の舞踊と詩歌

3月31日から6月30日までワシントンパーク北側のシニアセンターで

シニア向けの「日本の舞踊と詩歌」の無料ワ-クショップを開きます。

舞扇・着物をお持ちでない方はこちらが用意致します。日々と場所、詳細は以下です。Flyer も添付しました。

尚、日本文化についての話、詩歌、俳句、連句は英語にて致します。

時間:11am―1pm 3月31日から6月30日

場所:Greenwich House 20 Washington Square North (212-777-3555)

質問・登録:sachiyoitoandccompany@gmail.com

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Limited to 10 participants Open to All Seniors in NY City and accessible to those in wheelchairs

What are needed to participate: Socks, dance practice attire Yukata/kimono, dance fans. If you do not have them, they will be provided by the instructor.

2 cotton ties (length of 3 times of your waist at the least) for wearing practice attire

Registration: lmarceca@greenwichhouse.org (212) 777-3555 X 106

Inquiry/Information: sachiyoitoandcompany@gmail.com

Join us Sachiyo Ito for the special Workshop this spring!

Participants will learn the basics of Japanese classical dance, repertories of 19th century Kabuki dance, and are introduced to two Japanese poetry forms of Haiku and Renku (linking verses), as well as learning how to dress Yukata/Kimono, and more about Japanese culture.

Dance and poetry share common practice that relies on observation, attentiveness, and awareness in the moment. To help these skills, a walking meditation will begin each session to reach a stillness and awareness of self. Each session will end with a theme for a homework assignment to compose a short poem. Also, participants have a chance to share dance and poetry as a public component.

The goal is to enjoy sharing dance and poetry of Japan as well as learning about the Japanese culture, and to create a communal art of dance and poetry inspired by the Japanese tradition. 

The artist is a participant in SU-CASA program, supported by the public funds from New York City council. Recipient of Foreign Ministers Award, Sachiyo Ito founded and leads the only dance school and professional performing company in New York City that specializes both in Japanese classical dance as well as contemporary works based on traditional aesthetics and styles. The company received the City’s proclamations for its founding at the 30th anniversary in 2011. For the last 50 years Ito has introduced Japanese culture in United States, educating, inspiring and entertaining through the grace and beauty of Japanese dance.

Happy Holidays!

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.

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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: http://dancejapan.com/make-a-donation/
or send a check to: Sachiyo Ito & Company, 405 W. 23rd St. #4G, New York, NY 10011

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!

Thank you,

Sachiyo Ito

Artistic Director

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REVIEW: 2018 Sakura Matsuri Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
[read review + view photos]

ARTICLE
“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…

Read more about Salon Series »

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.

[read full report + view photos]

“Sachiyo Ito and Company Day” in the City of New York!

Proclamation

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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