Artistic Director


Born in Tokyo, Sachiyo Ito is a performer, choreographer, and educator. She has brought together East and West through her delicate and powerful performances of classical, traditional, and contemporary Japanese dance for the last 50 years. Her passion from an early age to introduce the arts and culture of Japan to the West, specifically Japanese dance, led her to the United States and to the 1972 American Dance Festival, where she made her USA debut. Her introduction there to contemporary and various dance forms of the world inspired her to pursue an M.A. and Ph.D. in Dance at NYU.

While her performance career was based in NYC, she soon performed throughout America, sponsored by Japan Society and Asia Society, and then over her career, throughout Europe and South America. In 1981 she founded Sachiyo Ito and Company (NPO), to establish a school of Japanese dance, provide community service in NY City, choreograph Japanese classical dance for her company ensemble, and create contemporary works for dance and theater based on traditional Japanese aesthetics. In 2008, she received the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Award in recognition of her work to bridge peoples of the USA and Japan, and in 2011, she received a Proclamation from NYC Mayor Bloomberg on the 30 th anniversary of her Company and for her years of community services to NY City.

Sachiyo Ito also has taught and performed for educational programs sponsored by 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, and Lincoln Center for the Arts in Education.

She has contributed articles to the International Encyclopedia of Dance, published by Oxford University Press, and other articles in various publications in Japan and USA.

Extensive performance credits include American Dance Festival, Alice Tully Hall, Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center, Japan Society, Asia Society, New York City Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC, a South American tour sponsored by the Japan Foundation, the Bonn International Dance Workshop, Congreso Mundial in Spain/UNESCO, the Dublin Theatre Festival, numerous appearances on television including NYC Channels 1, 4, 11, 13, and at universities throughout the United States.

Her choreographic credits for theater productions include Yeats’ trio, Three Irish Noh Plays in Ireland, and NY, And the Soul Shall Dance, Monkey Music at La Mama Theatre, and Off-Broadway productions of Shogun Macbeth, and Dojoji: The Man Inside the Bell; and Kabuki consultant for the Off-Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures.


伊藤さちよ (藤間さちよ)  東京出身





 長年ニューヨーク大学で 非常勤教授を務め、ジュリアードスクールなど各地の大学で教授。



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22年継続、第66回を数える。ワシントン ケネディセンター公演 アメリカ各地公演、ワシントンD.C. 桜祭りを初め、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。

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