Category Archive for: ‘2015’

Free Kabuki Dance Workshop for Aspiring Actors

10 sessions from end of October to December
Performance in the New Year
Audition: 10/19 Monday 4-5pm

For details and registration, please email:

The workshop is sponsored, in part, by the public funds from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Ghost Light

Ghost Light: The Haunting

Sachiyo Ito is a choreographer for Ghost Light:The Haunting, produced and directed by Penny Bergman, written by Carol Sorgenfrei. Come and join us to be haunted!

About Ghost Light: The Haunting
The ghost of a Japanese-American actress wreaks vengeance on the ambitious husband who betrayed her in this contemporary fusion of Macbeth and the kabuki Yotsuya Ghost Tales. 3 WEEKS ONLY! OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 8
Performances of GHOST LIGHT are Wednesdays – Sundays at 7:30PM; Saturday matinees (October 24 and November 7) at 2PM. Special Opening Night Halloween (October 31st) performance at Midnight.

Tickets to GHOST LIGHT are $18 and available online at

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Japanese Classical Dance Performance at NY Public Library – Queens Flushing Center

The Company will present exquisitely beautiful and elegant Japanese classical dances. The program will include Kabuki dances from the 19th century.

To familiarize audience with Kabuki,  Sachiyo Ito will offer a demonstration on Kabuki dance with various styles of walk by characters in Kabuki plays, as well as use of stage props such as a dance fan. A work choreographed by Sachiyo Ito in classical dance style will also be presented.

Free Admission

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Interfaith Peace Gathering

Interfaith Peace Gathering (Commemorating 70th Year Hiroshima・Nagasaki Atomic Bombings)

Please Join us at the Interfaith Peace Gathering which is part of the Hiroshima・Nagasaki 70th Year Peace Events 2015

Sachiyo Ito will perform and offer a dance of prayer to the deceased and those affected by the atomic bombing.



Event information is available from the website.

Interfaith Peace Gathering
Hiroshima・Nagasaki 70th Year Peace Events 2015


Master of Ceremony: Heather Harlan Nakagaki

Welcoming Remarks by Meg Chapman, President of NY Society for Ethical Culture 

Opening Remarks by Rev. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, Organizer 

Slide Show “Kenka”(flower offering) by Hiroshima Seven Rivers Photo Club 

Music Performance  Nobuki Takamen, guitarist/composer

Invocation from Japanese traditions:

Calling Drumming  by Kaoru Watanabe, ‘Taiko’ Japanese drummer/‘Feu’ flutist

Dance by Sachiyo Ito, Japanese dancer

Gagaku Music Offering and Peace Prayer 

by Tenri Gagaku Music Society of New York, and Rev. Michael Yuge

Shomyo Buddhist Chant  

– Rev. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, supported by Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki

Sanbika Christian Hymn – Rev. Kaz Takahashi, Japanese American United Church

Poem  “Peace Bell” by Riverside Shinchi, Carletta J. Walker, poet/writer/artist

Moment of Silence and Peace Bell at 7:15pm (Exact moment when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at 8:15am, on August 6, 1945.)

Unison Reading

Music Offering  by Sonny Ochiai, Sanshin  (Okinawa’s traditional instrument) player, accompanied by Kaoru Watanabe, Fue flute

Song Offering  by Minami Hattori, Soprano, accompany with Hiromi Abe, pianist

Interfaith Peace Prayer and Meditation from world religions

Judaism – Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Service

Islam – Sister Aisha al-Adawiya, Women In Islam

Hinduism – Dr. Uma Mysorekar, Hindu Temple Society of North America

Christianity – Rev. Robert Brashear, West Park Presbyterian Church

Buddhism – Bhante Kondanna, Staten Island Buddhist Vihara

Music Offering: by Sumiko Tajihi, violinist

Reading of Mayors Messages

Message from Hiroshima Mayor:  Tak Furumoto, NY Hiroshima-kai

Message from Nagasaki Mayor:  Takeshi Yamaguchi, NY Batten-kai


Japanese American Association of New York  – Susan Onuma

Interfaith Center of New York  –  Ellen Greeley

Musical Performance by Japan Choral Harmony”TOMO” 

Mike Shirota, Conductor;  Hiromi Abe, pianist  

Poem “Peace is Possible” by Great Elbogen, a Holocaust survivor.

Keynote Address  by Tomiko Morimoto West, Hibakusha (survivor) of Hiroshima

Musical Performance by Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jazz pianist, and Lew Tabackin, Saxophonist. flutist

Appreciation and Remarks by Rev. T. Kenjitsu  Nakagaki

President of Buddhist Council of New York

Dana (donation) Collection

Musical Performance by Shinji Harada, Recording artist/Hiroshima Peace Culture Ambassador

Silent Meditation and Prayer for Peace and Lighting Ceremony:

Silent Peace Walk to Imagine Circle (Central Park Strawberry Field)

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Japanese Legends: Yamanba and Hataori Monogatari (Old Woman in the Mountain and Weaving Stories) and Tsuru no Ongaeshi (Return of Gratitude by the Crane)

Salon Series No.53 explores major two genres in Japanese legends, Yamanba and Hataori Monogatari, through discussion, and presentation of two dances. Yamanba (Old Woman in the Mountain), a Kabuki dance in Tokiwazu music, and the Weaving Crane, inspired by the folk tale Tsuru no Ongaeshi (Return of the Gratitude by the Crane) choreographed by Sachiyo Ito will be performed.

Japanese legends abound in Yamanba stories, which inspired plays and dances in Noh and Kabuki such as Yamanba, Adachigahara also called Kurozuka, where heroines are portrayed as Oni-baba (Demon Old woman).

The theme of “Kinshitsu” (Do not look into my room, or Forbidden Room) in Yamanba stories is shared by Tsuru no Ongaeshi, one of the most well-known folk tales. Tsuru no Ongaeshi is a part of the genre, Hataori (Weaving), which are widely spread Japanese legends, many of them are known as “Hataori-buchi” (Weaving abyss) or “Hataori-hime”(Weaving Princess).


Guest Artists: Kaoru Watanabe (Flutist), Tomoko Sugawara (Harpist), Mari Nakano (Weaver)

Costume Design for the Crane: Mariko Suzuki

Time: Sunday, October 4, 2015 3-4pm

Place: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 A West 13th Street, New York City  Between 5th & 6th Avenue

Admission: $15, $10 for Senior & Student


さろん シリーズ第53回 さろんシリーズ17周年、2015年第3弾さろ んシリーズ第53回では、 「日本の伝説」と題して、各地の伝説の中でも数多い「山姥」と「機織り」伝説を取り上げます。どちらの伝説も「禁室」のテーマを持ったものがが多く知られます。

演目は歌舞伎舞踊の常磐津曲 「山姥」、又「機織り」伝説のひとつ「 鶴の恩返し」に 基づいて振り付けられた創作舞踊「機織り鶴」。


能や歌舞伎の安達ヶ原、黒塚で知られるように妖怪とも、あるいは 歌舞伎舞踊山姥 の様に優しい母とも解釈される山姥に纏わる物語や,「遠野物語」で有名な機織り淵や機織り姫等々紹介の話、機織りのデモンストレーション、そして音楽、舞踊 をお楽しみ下さい。 ゲスト出演:渡辺薫 (笛)、菅原朋子 (箜篌とハ-プ)、 中野真里(機織り)  衣装デザイン:鈴木真理子

日: 10月4日(日), 午後3時 場所:天理文化協会43A West 13th Street NYC チケット:$15, $10(シニア/学生) お問合わせ :(212) 627-0265/ *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、天理文化協会にて、 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。

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The Mundane and the Holiness: Asobime

Through the performances of the Kabuki Dance Shigure Saigyo and the classical Sankyoku music, Kajimakura, Salon Series No. 52 will explore the life of Asobime (Play Girl) and Shirabyoshi (Shrabyoshi Dancer). They are the medieval entertainers, described as the profane, and yet who served a sacred role in Japanese history. Originally a Noh play adapted to a Kabuki dance, Shigure Saigyo, surrounds an episode about a poet /monk Saigyo and a courtesan/Boddhisattva, while Kajimakura is about the impermanence of entertainers’ lives.



Guest Artists: Yoshiro Kono,  Mutsumi Takamizu and Masumi Takamizu on Koto,  Shamisen, and Vocal

Dance Japan: Yuu Fujita, Keiko Ikehata, Sachiyo Ito

Date: Sunday June 21, 2015 3-4pm

Admission: $15, $10 for Senior & Student



さろんシリーズ17周 年の2017年第2弾さろんシリーズ第52回では、穢れたものであり、かつ神聖なものと表現された、中世放浪芸人、遊女(あそびめ)、白拍子に

焦点をあてます。上演演目は能に題材を得た歌舞伎舞踊で、遊女江口の君と僧であり歌人の西行のエピソードを描いた「時雨西行」と、琴と三弦による地歌「 楫枕」(かじまくら)です。



日: 6月21日(日), 午後3時

場所:天理文化協会43A West 13th Street NYC

チケット:$15, $10 (シニア/学生)

お問合わせ :(212) 627-0265/

*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、天理文化協会にて、 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。

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Expression of Love in Japanese Dance and Spanish Dance

The Salon Series No. 51 will explore expressions of love through dance in the east and west, specifically, in Japan and Spain, based on the premise that dance is a mirror of culture. The program will present classical dances of each country, as well as contemporary dances in traditional styles, followed by a joint improvisation. An excerpt from Kyoganoko Musume Dojoji will be performed by Sachiyo Ito and accompanied by Sumie Kaneko.

Guest artists: Juana Cala and José Moreno (guitar & vocal) , Sumie Kaneko (shamisen & vocal)

Ticket: $15, $10 (Senior & Student)

さろんシリーズ17周 年の2017年第1 弾さろんシリーズ51回 のテーマは「愛の表現」を取り上げ、舞踊は文化の鏡という観点からスペイン舞踊と日本舞踊の愛の 表現を比較をします。ゲストにヤ-ナ・カラ氏とカラ氏の音楽家、そして三味線と唄の金子純恵氏お招きします。歌舞伎舞踊「京鹿子娘道成寺」からの抜粋と、 締め括りの合同即興をご期待下さい。アーテイストと観客との意見交換、 Q&Aへのご参加、ご高覧をお待ちしています。

日: 4月12日(日)、午後3時 場所:天理文化協会、43AWest 13th Street,NYC チケット:$15, $10 (シニア、学生) お問合わせ:(212) 627-0265 、

*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 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、天理文化協会にて、 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。


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