Salon Series

The Salon Series is an ongoing program of performances, informative and educational lectures, and lecture-demonstrations aimed at those who are interested in deepening their knowledge of the performing arts of Japan. The series is held on Sunday afternoons three times a year. For the past 19 years, with world class guest artists and speakers, the program has educated and inspired New York audiences artistically and intellectually.

The series is held at Tenri Cultural Institute (43A West 13th Street, NYC). Tickets are available through Sachiyo Ito & Company. Refreshments are served during Q/A period. Comments from Guests Attending the Salon Series

The Salon series is a wonderful exploration of dance in a way that always amazes in its willingness to expand a seemingly simple movement into the very profound and beautiful. The last series juxtaposition of three very different forms of walking was miraculous in its ability to bring awareness to so many of the choices and perspectives the dancer internalizes and then presents to the audience. No whereelse would such a performance occur. It is only because of Sachiyo Ito’s curiosity and willingness to explore that we are witness to such beauty and mastery. – ​​​​​​​​​​Christine Moore

Sachiyo Ito’s Salon Series immerses the participant in a rich atmosphere ofJapanese culture with a thematic approach to studying that country’s arts. The assimilation of Japan’s music, poetry, theater and dance with the arts of other countries is explored with distinguished artists in each field offering their expertise and inspiration. The Salon also includes an exceptional performance of Japanese classical dance by Ms. Ito. An afternoon spent with Ms. Ito is a gentle journey that nourishes the mind and spirit. – ​​​​​​Dalienne Majors

I feel blessed for my chance to attend Ito sensei’s classes and Salon Series.
Sachiyo Ito’s sophisticated understanding of harmony and beauty and her refined knowledge takes the audience into a journey in time and space. Watching Sachiyo Ito’s dance performances always makes my soul glory. Her highly mastered technique and transcendental grace leads the audience into a meditative state. Every gesture of hers is a true celebration of life, of the eternal movement. The time stops and the Universe is present. – Marija Skangale

I told so many people about “the art of walking” afterwards, and it will remain one of those (few) unforgettable experiences. I was so excited about each of the principle dancers, each one different and unique, and each equally moving. This was an extraordinary, informative, and moving afternoon. Thank you! – ​​​​​​​Sara Bloom

Please enjoy our previous Salon series:

Salon Series 2023

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


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.



場所:天理文化協会43A West 13th Street NYC

入場料: $20 (Student and Senior $15)


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。 



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?

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)

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

Thank you and look forward to seeing you soon!

Best wishes,

Sachiyo Ito

Artistic Director



配信リンクはホームページ: 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。


伊藤さちよ舞踊団主宰 (藤間さちよ)

Salon Series 2022

Our Salon Series program celebrated its 70th 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.

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Hope you can join us.

With Warm Wishes,

Sachiyo Ito


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


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Dance Japan Salon Series No. 70
“Cycling of Seasons through Dance and Poetry”

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.
Dance performances include Flowers in Four Seasons, and Equinox, and improvisation on Renku(Linking Haiku verses). Audience members are welcomed and asked to join in contributing haiku verses. Sachiyo Ito will improvise dances on the contributed haiku, accompanied by live music. Those watching online can send in their haiku via chat. During the performance, Florist Katsuya Nishimori will create a life-size arrangement inspired by the dances and poetry. Also the former president of Haiku Society of America and editor and curator of haiku publications will join in the program.

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.


さろんシリーズ第70回「 四季の移ろい:舞踊と連句」


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)

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*「さろんシリーズ」は、日本の舞踊を焦点に当てながら、日本の伝統芸能に対する理解を多くの方々に深めて頂くために、日曜の午後に定期的に開催しています。芸能各分野のゲストアーテイストとのコラボレーション、他国との舞踊文化との比較などを通して日本文化へのより深い理解を目指しています。又、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事を意図としています。

Salon Series 2021

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

Dalai *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.

Salon Series No.68

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.

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。

直接のリンクは1月24日までに ホームページ上にアナウンス、又リマインダーのお知らせをお送りします。

ゲスト出演:ベス・グリフィス、渡辺薫、 ジュリア・クロカーヴァ


更に、 雪の季節を迎えて新しい世界の協調を訴える即興作品は渡辺薫の音楽指導の下にロシア、アメリカ、日本を代表したアーティストが各文化の雪のシンボリズムを表現します。又、雪片が一つ一つ違うことから、文化、人種を越えた個人一人一人の尊厳さを謳いあげます。

Salon Series 2019

Streaming of Salon Series No. 68 “Symbolism of Snow”.

Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 3pm EST,

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. First, we present Heron Maiden, an 18th century kabuki dance in which snow’s symbolism is central. This will be followed by dances, singing and poetry by guest artists: vocalist Beth Griffith and Russian dancer Julia Kulakova, as well as Dancejapan Ensemble. The program will be concluded by Structured Improvisation under the musical direction of Kaoru Watanabe. Enjoy the culminating collaboration, sending a message of uniqueness of culture which reminds us that each of us is like a snowflake, and yet similar in essence beyond differences in race, ethnicity, and culture.

To watch, please visit the link on January 31, at 3pm EST.

Due to many requests and as Snow Special, we decided to extend to 2/3 Wednesday 3pm.

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:

*Salon Series: Japanese Performing Arts*

*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 is the 23rd season of the series.*

The Salon Series No. 68 is, in part, supported by the Japan Foundation New York Culture and Arts Grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in partnership with NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Dear Everyone,

Please join us for the re-broadcasting of the Virtual Salon Series No. 67: Prayer for Healing on Thursday November 5th at 6pm EDT.

Facing the crises of Pandemics, Sachiyo Ito and Company will offer a prayer and healing message through performance. Based on Japanese traditional symbols for peace, dances depicting cranes (Seiten no Tsuru: Cranes in the Blue Sky, and Chiyo no Tomozuru: One thousand-year Old Crane) will be performed. The crane, a symbol of longevity, is said to live for one thousand years and is also a symbol for auspicious occasions.  Healing and Peace Through the Traditional Symbolism of Cranes, The Origami Project, and Amazing Grace.

Ito will then offer two dances: Memories and Dedication, in honor of the lives of those who have departed from us.

Following the dance performances, Colin McNally, an artist and schoolteacher who completed the Origami Project, will teach the virtual audience how to fold cranes as well as explain his inspiration of the project: his artistic and educational views for folding one thousand cranes.  Both those in Japan and in the West, including many school children, are familiar with the Origami paper crane as symbol for peace and healing.

In closing the program, the international singer and actress Beth Griffith will perform “Amazing Grace” for finding a light to guide us to healing.

Date: Thursday November 5th, 6pm EDT. The link is active for 24 hours.
Please join us online at:

Viewing is free, but if you would like to send us a tax-deductible donation, please go to our website, and click the link to donate via Paypal.  We greatly appreciate your support to help us continue offering the Salon Series.

Donate to Sachiyo Ito and Company

*The Salon Series is an on-going series of performances and lecture-demonstrations on Japanese performing arts held three times a year. Dialogue between artists and audience has provided further insights into arts and culture, thus bridging cultural differences. With world class guest artists and speakers, the program has inspired NY audiences for the last 22years. Following COVID guidelines, this presentation will be streamed on-line at the venue used for the last 2 decades.

先、10月11日生放送のさろんシリーズ第 67回「 癒しと平和への祈り」の再放送のお知らせを致します。

さろんシリーズ第 67回「 癒しと平和への祈り」再放送

日時:11月5日(日)午後6時 EDT


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ゲスト出演:Beth Griffith、Colin McNally ダンスジャパン:曹芊朔、松本明子、伊藤さちよ


長寿,平和 癒しの象徴である鶴を主題にした日本舞踊舞踊曲、「晴天の鶴」と「千代の友鶴」、亡くなられた方々に捧げる伊藤さちよ創作作品、“Memories”と “Dedication”を上演。


McNally 先生をゲストに迎えし、お話しと鶴の折り方をデモンストレーションして頂き、ゲストアーティストのBeth Griffith氏に、癒しのメッセージを込めて、歌曲 “Amazing Grace” を披露して頂きます。

Viewing is free. We greatly appreciate your support to help us by tax-deductible donation to continue offering Salon Series through this PayPal link Donate to Sachiyo Ito and Company.



*「さろんシリーズ」は、日本の舞踊を焦点に当てながら、日本の伝統芸能に対する理解を多くの方々に深めて頂くために、日曜の午後に定期的に開催しています。芸能各分野のゲストアーテイストとのコラボレーション、他国との舞踊文化との比較などを通して日本文化へのより深い理解を目指しています。又、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事を意図としています。*

March 17, 2019

Salon Series #64 Dances and Cultures of the Himalayas and Japan

Co-Demonstration by Rinchen and SI

Peacock and Magpie Dance by YindaYin School

Chiyo no Tomozuru (One Thousand-Year Old Crane) by SIAC Dancers

Date: Sunday March 17th, 2019, 3-4pm

Location: Tenri Cultural Institute 43A West 13th Street NYC between 5th & 6th Avenue

Ticket: $20 (General) $15 (Student/Senior)

Salon Series 2018

Sun, Mar 11, 2018
3:00 pm 
Tenri Cultural Institute 43A West 13th Street NYC
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For the 20th Year Season, our theme of *Salon Series* is looking to future generations of traditional performing arts. This program will include dances performed by Dancejapan, the ensemble of Sachiyo Ito and Company, followed by the workshop.
Children between 5-10 years old are all welcome.

Have fun expressing beauty of flowers with a dance fan!

(Dance fans will be provided by the company)

Date: Sunday March 11, 2018 3pm-4pm

Place: Tenri Cultural Institute 43A West 13th Street NYC


Tel: 212-627-0265

Sun, Jun 10, 2018
3:00 pm 
Tenri Cultural Institute 43A West 13th Street NYC
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The theme for the 20th year of Salon Series in 2018 is Traditional Performing Arts for Future Generation. In Salon Series No. 62, we will explore the question of why Japanese traditional arts continue to be honored and incorporated by contemporary artists.
Japanese traditional arts have shown their influence on Western arts since the turn of the 20th century, beginning with Japan’s move to open its doors to the West in the 19th century.  In this program, we will focus on Japanese influence on Western dance and theater. 
Our guest artists for this program are Yoko Shioya, Artistic Director at Japan Society, and Annie-B Parson, Artistic Director of Big Dance Theater, an award-winning contemporary theater and dance company.
Yoko Shioya will open with a general overview and commentary on the current and future impacts of Japanese traditional arts on contemporary creative works.
Sachiyo Ito will then follow with a demonstration on traditional Noh, Kabuki, and Okinawan dance and theater techniques. The demonstration will then conclude with a dance performance of an Okinawan court dance, Yotsudake Odori, and a newly created work inspired by Okinawan tradition, performed by members of Sachiyo Ito’s Dancejapan ensemble.
After the performance, Annie-B Parson will present a video excerpt of Big Dance Theater’s work entitled "The Other Here" that incorporated Yotsudake Odori. This work, which was commissioned by and premiered at Japan Society in 2007, is based on stories of well-known contemporary Japanese novelist Ibuse Masuji, whom Ms. Shioya recommended to Big Dance Theater as a source of inspiration.  Ms. Parson and Ms. Shioya will then discuss the importance of collaboration and offer their insights on the contemporary creative process as inspired and supported by centuries-old Japanese traditions. After the discussion, we will open the floor to questions. 

Guest Artists: Annie-B Parson, Artistic Director of Big Dance Theater, and Yoko Shioya, Artistic Director of Japan Society

Dancers: Yuu Fujita, Mihane Sahara, Sachiyo Ito

Admission: $20 (General), $15 (Student and Senior)

Information: or Tel: 212-627-0265


Salon Series No. 62 「コンテンポラリー舞踊と演劇における日本の伝統芸能」
場所:天理文化協会43A West 13th Street NYC
チケット:$20.00 / $15.00 (シニア/学 生)
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     :アニービー・パーソン( Big Dance Theatre芸術監督)
20年目を迎える『さろんシリーズ』の今年のテーマは 「近代における日本の伝統芸能」です。
今回はコンテンポラリー舞踊団として注目を浴びているBig Dance Theatre の芸術監督アニービー・パーソンとジャパンソサエティー芸術監督の塩谷氏をゲストとしてお招きし、近世二十世紀初頭以来、日本の伝統芸能の西洋演劇舞踊へもたらした影響と未来への展望を探ります。
ダンスジャパンの沖縄伝統舞踊四つ竹の披露と、この踊りを取り入れたBig Dance Theater創作舞踊劇 “Other Here ” (井伏鱒二小説を基にジャパンソサエティー創設100周年記念委託作品)の録画紹介、その他の舞踊をお楽しみ下さい。
*「さろんシリーズ」は、日本の舞踊を焦点に当てながら、日本の伝統芸能に対する理解を多くの方々に深めて頂くために、日曜の午後に定期的に開催しています。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などを通して日本文化へのより深い理解を目指しています。又、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事を意図としています。


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Photo: Tony Sahara

Photo: Tony Sahara



Sun, Oct 21, 2018
3:00 pm 
Tenri Cultural Institute 43A West 13th Street NYC
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Salon Series No. 63

Expressions in Traditional and Contemporary Japanese Dance

The Salon Series No.63 will explore the great possibilities of contemporary expressions and creations based on centuries-old Japanese traditions.  Shoko Tamai, Artistic Director of Ninja Ballet is invited as a guest artist.

Sharing the theme of sky and water, the program will present a Japanese classical  dance by Dancejapan ensemble, Seiten no Tsuru (Cranes in the Blue Sky), and the original work by Sachiyo Ito, Umie (To the Sea), while Ms. Tamai will present a repertory from classical ballet and her own creation. The program will conclude with an improvisation on the theme accompanied by vocalist Beth Griffith and Percussionist Yukio Tsuji.
The theme for the 20th year of Salon Series in 2018 is Traditional Performing Arts for Future Generations. 

Guest Artists: Shoko Tamai, Beth Griffith, Yukio Tsuji

Dancers: Yuu Fujita, Yumiko Matsuno, Claudia Cao, Sachiyo Ito

Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018 3pm-4pm

Place: Tenri Cultural Institute 43A West 13th Street NYC

Admission: $20 (General), $15 (Student and Senior)

Information: or Tel: 212-627-0265

The Salon Series is a series of performances with informative lectures and demonstrations on the performing arts of Japan. They are held on Sunday afternoons three times a year. A dialogue between artists and audience following each program provides further insights into art and culture, bridging the cultural differences. With world class guest artists and speakers, the program has artistically and intellectually educated and inspired NY audiences for the last 20 years.

Upcoming Salon Series in 2019

March 10, 2019
Salon Series #64 Dances and Cultures of the Himalayas and Japan

June 2, 2019
Salon Series #65 On the Human Spirit

October 21, 2019
Salon Series #66 The Sun, or the Moon?

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さろんシリーズ第 63回「古典と創作:日本 舞踊とバレー」
日時:10月 21日(日)午後3時-4時
場所:天理文化協会43A West 13th Street NYC
チケット:$20/$15 (一般/シニア&学 生)
お問合わせ :(212) 627-0265/

ゲスト出演: 玉井翔子(忍者バレー主宰)
20年目を迎える『さろんシリーズ』の今年のテーマは 「近代における日本の伝統芸能」です。古典舞踊ジャンルの日本舞踊とバレーの現代作品とを通して、伝統を現代の創造作品にどの様に 取り入れられるかの可能性を探ります。


*「さろんシリーズ」は、日本の舞踊を焦点に当てながら、日本の伝統芸能に対する理解を多くの方々に深めて頂くために、日曜の午後に定期的に開催しています。芸能各分野のゲストアーテイストとのコラボレーション、他国との舞踊文化との比較などを通して日本文化へのより深い理解を目指しています。又、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事を意図としています。

Salon Series 2017

Sun, Jun 18, 2017
5:00 pm 
Baruch Performing Arts Center, NYC
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Dear Friends, 
Thank you for your support to the Salon Series for the last 19 years. We are very grateful that we can celebrate 60th Series with special guests from Japan and New York, and with our Dancejapan members on June 18. I hope you can join us in this special occasion!

Sachiyo Ito, Artistic Director

Sachiyo Ito and Company will celebrate its 60th Salon Series of its 19th season with an exquisitely elegant and vibrant program featuring live music, the Dancejapan ensemble, and guest artists from Japan and New York. The Salon Series is a series of performances with informative educational lectures and lecture-demonstrations on the performing arts of Japan. They are held on Sunday afternoons three times a year. A dialogue between artists and audience following each program provides further insights into art and culture, bridging the cultural differences. With world class guest artists and speakers, the program has artistically and intellectually educated and inspired NY audiences.

Supported by Consulate General of Japan in New York, our Celebration Concert will mark the milestone of the 60th presentation for the communities of New York and the tri-state area. Shogo Fujima, a Kabuki dancer from Japan is invited to join as a guest artist in this special occasion. The program will show a diversity of Japanese performing arts with music and dance from ancient to contemporary.

When: Sunday June, 18, at 5pm

Place: Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave NYC, Audience Entrance on 25th Street, between Lexington & 3rd Avenue

Tickets: $25, $20 for seniors and students


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The concert program will begin with an ancient ceremony of purification and blessing with Etenraku, the Gagaku music. Following this are three Kabuki dances.  First, Mr. Fujima, our guest artist from Japan, will be joined by Ito for Matsu no Hagoromo (The Angel’s Robe at the Pine Tree) from the 19th century Kabuki repertoire, based on the Noh play Hagoromo (Angel’s Robe).

Following is the Kabuki dance, titled Seiten no Tsuru (Cranes in the Blue Sky). Then, Mr. Fujima will perform a Kabuki solo, excerpted from Masakado.  

The next work is titled Soshun (Early Spring), created by Ito for 7 dancers in the classical style. 

Also for this event, we have revived one of the most popular pieces from last year’s Salon Series, Flower Petals Fall, but not the Flowers, a collaboration with a contemporary florist.

The final work, Only Breath, is from our Poetry in Motion Concert. It celebrates humanism in the arts and the “oneness” of people across the boundaries of culture and ethnicity, with dancers representing multiple dance cultures from around the world.
The live accompaniment will include cello, biwa, shou, hichiriki, shakuhachi, electronic/synchronized music, percussions, voice and poetry recitation.

Guest Artists: Shogo Fujima, Tenri Gagaku Music Society of New York, Julia Kulakova, Jeeno Joseph, Tokumitsu Shibata, Yukio Tsuji, John Swartz, Chris Doi, Beth Griffith, Katsuya Nishimori, Elena Kimbering

Dancejapan: Kurumi Aoki, Claudia Cao, Yuu Fujita, Monika Hadioetomo, Natsuko Hirano, Keiko Ikehata, Yumiko Matsuno, Mihane Sahara, Haruka Umeuchi, Akiko Ikeda, Jessamyn Maneri, Sara Toews, Aiko Wylie

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“We all look forward to seeing you!” – Dancejapan

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The program was made possible, in part, by the public funding from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Japan Foundation New York, and by Japan Airlines.

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今年で19年季のさろんシリーズはシリーズ第60回を記念して、「さろんーシリズ第60回記念公演会」、後援 在ニューヨーク日本国総領事館、 を6月18日にBaruch Performing Arts Centerにて開きます。特別公演を記念して、日本から日本舞踊家藤間章吾氏を招聘します。公演演目のうち、第一部構成は古典作品で、 オープニングセレモニーとして雅楽越天楽を生演奏による古代の禊から始めます。次に 歌舞伎舞踊、「松廼羽衣」、「晴天の鶴」、「将門」抜粋(戦物語)を上演、そして伊藤さちよ創作作品「早春」。第二部はチェロ、琵琶、尺八、歌、太鼓、詩朗読等を使っての生演奏による現代作品で、”Flower Petals Fall, but not the Flower”(花びらは散るが花は散らない)と ”Only Breath–Beyond Boundaries”(呼吸のみ)。最後、インド、中近東、西洋舞踊の舞踊家を交えて舞踊、文化、民族、人種を超えて世界は一つを象徴し、理解し合う事を訴える作品で締めくくります。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。さらに、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きました。




Sun, Apr 16, 2017
3:00 pm 
– 4:00 pm
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street New York City, between 5th & 6th Avenue
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Roberto Lara, the guest artist, and Sachiyo Ito will discuss the transformation of genders in ballet and Japanese classical dance.

Lara, formerly of Ballet Trockadero, will perform an excerpt from his work La Catrina based on Mirtha from the ballet Giselle and the traditional Mexican myth of La Catrina, Queen of the Dead. Sachiyo Ito will perform and demonstrate the transformation of female to male roles and vice versa as illustrated in the Kabuki dance, Azuma Hakkei, and will perform an excerpt from Fuji Musume (Wistaria Maiden), the most representative Kabuki Dance.

Guest Artist: Roberto Lara
When: Sunday April 16, at 3pm
Place: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 A West 13th Street, New York City  Between 5th & 6th Avenue
Admission: $15 general, $10 for Senior & Student

変身: 夢と幻のドラマ
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/>ゲスト出演:ロベルト・ララ 元トロカデーロ(男性バレー舞踊団)メンバー

男から女への、そして女から男への「役柄の変身とは?」をお話し、デモンストレーション、舞踊を通して考えます。ゲスト アーティストのロベルト・ララ氏は男性バレー舞踊団トロカデーロの元メンバーで、ララ氏の男性から女性への化粧の プロセス をメークアップ・アーティストと共にお見せし、バレー「ジゼル」とメキシコの神話に基いた彼の創作作品を披露します。一方、伊藤さちよは舞踊「吾妻八景」を例に取り、男女様々なキャラクターへの変身を説明の後踊り、最後、典型的な歌舞舞踊、「藤娘」の一部を歌舞伎衣装、化粧にて披露します。

*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頂くのが主旨で、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。*



Sun, Mar 12, 2017
3:00 pm 
– 4:00 pm
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street New York City, between 5th & 6th Avenue
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The theme of Salon Series in the 19th year season is “traditional dance in the contemporary world.”

Salon Series No. 58 on March 12 will investigate the role of Itinerant performers in Japan and Russia, and their surprising connections. Russian Gypsy female soloists paved the way for Anna Pavlova’s acceptance and success, while Anna Pavlova influenced the new dance movement in 1920s in Japan.

Photos: Tony Sahara
Guest Artist: Julia Kulakova

Dancejapan: Yuu Fujita, Mihane Sahara, Haruka Umeuchi, Sachiyo Ito

When: Sunday March 12, at 3pm

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

Admission: $15 general, $10 for Senior & Student


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Take a look into the culture of spicy and soulful Gypsy entertainment and how it had positioned a solo female performer in Russia in comparison to an accepted role of a woman in traditional society and on stage.
Discover Ayako-mai, which was discovered in 1950-60s as a gem by folklore scholars, unknown among them for 300 hundred years.  This dance style is freer and rustic than Kabuki dance, supposedly performed by the women itinerant groups, such as Okuni’s, who is considered as the founder of Kabuki in the early 17th century.  

Get to know female itinerant performers who had established the foundation of Kabuki even though women does not take part in Kabuki.  

Experience the story of Anna Pavlova in Japan as a beautiful example of true art, which crosses borders, and challenges stereotypes.

Ms. Kulakova will perform a Russian Gypsy dance while Sachiyo Ito and Company will present itinerant performers’ dance of the pre-Kabuki period. Also, Ms. Kulakova and Ms. Ito will perform their contemporary creations, evolved from and inspired by each tradition. 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from New York City Department of Culture Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Salon Series No. 58 日本及びロシアの放浪芸人とアンナ・パブロワの影響


West 13th Street NYC

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3月12日のさろんシリーズ No. 58 では、日本とロシアの放浪芸人について、又、アンナ・パブロワが日本舞踊界にもたらした影響、ロシアのジプシーとアンナ・パブロワの関係をお話と舞踊の上演を通して考えます。クラコーヴァ氏が伝統的なジプシーの踊りと彼女自身の創作舞踊を披露、一方、伊藤さちよ舞踊団は女歌舞伎時代の舞踊、綾子舞を披露し、伊藤さちよは綾子舞からインスピレーションを受けた創作舞踊を披露。 

*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頂くのが主旨で、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。*

Salon Series 2016

Sun, Oct 16, 2016
3:00 pm 
– 4:00 pm
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street New York City, between 5th & 6th Avenue
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A collaboration inspired by contemporary flower arrangement by Katsuya Nishimori with live music.

We will present the contemporary florist Katsuya Nishimori and his team, who will install an epic-sized creative floral arrangement on stage. Sachiyo Ito will decompose the arrangement inspired by the theme “Flower petals fall, but flowers do not.” The dance will be an improvisation as she faces and clashes with the beauty of the flowers- the form, and fights to retain the beauty of the flowers without form, which echoes after momentary existence.  From destruction to final re-integration of art and identity, the dance will be accompanied by live music and singinging.

Guest Artists: Katsuya Nishimori, Beth Griffith, Egil Rostad, Yukio Tsuji SS-57-guests
Dancer: Sachiyo Ito
Admission: $15 general, $10 senior & student
SPECIAL OFFER – Combined ticket for both programs (#56/#57): $25 ($15 senior/student)


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さろんシリーズ18周年シーズンの今秋は、 「花」をテーマにし、伝統と現代の審美論を探りながら、舞踊を上演します。


ゲスト出演:ジボ正子 (生け花・龍生派)

ゲスト出演:西森克也、 (歌、音楽:辻幸夫、べス・グリフィス、エギル・ロスタド)

場所:天理文化協会43A West 13th Street NYC
チケット:$15, $10 (シニア/学 生)

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*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。

Sun, Oct 9, 2016
3:00 pm 
– 4:00 pm
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street New York City, between 5th & 6th Avenue
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A demonstration of traditional flower arrangement and presentation of classical dances,
Shikunshi, Aki no Irokusa, and Shiki no Hana.

Ikebana is internationally known as the Japanese form of flower arrangement with a long history dating back to the 14th-15th century. For this program Ryusei-ha School Master Masako Gibeault will demonstrate the art, and discuss the aesthetics of Ikebana. Also to be presented, a kabuki dance, Shikunshi (the Four Noble Flowers) along with two works, Aki no Irokusa (Various Flowers in the Autumn), Shiki no Hana (Flowers in Four Seasons), choreographed by Sachiyo Ito. The program will conclude with a discussion on aesthetics of Japanese classical dance, as it relates to the theory of the “flower” in Kadensho written by Zeami (c. 1363 – c. 1443).

Guest Artist: Masako Gibeault,  Ryusei-ha School Ikebana Master SS-56-dancers
Dancejapan: Seiko Carter, Keiko Ikehata, Yuu Fujita, Maiko Hiroshima, Yumiko Matsuno, Mihane Sahara, Sachiyo Ito
Admission: $15 general, $10 senior & student.
SPECIAL OFFERCombined ticket for both programs (SS #56/#57): $25 general, $15 senior/student


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Sun, May 15, 2016
3:00 pm 
– 4:00 pm
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street New York City, between 5th & 6th Avenue
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With music and dance, we will first perform a cleansing and purification rite, creating sacred space as in ancient Japan,and then, we will culminate our ritual by inviting the audience to join us as we walk on a labyrinth path in a meditative walk led by Ms. Jean Ando. Come along, and join us in the sacred journey!







Guest Artists: Jean Ando, Yukio Tsuji, Richard Gross
Dancejapan: Seiko Carter, Yuu Fujita, Maiko Ikegaki, Keiko Ikehata, Natusko Hirano, Sachiyo Ito
When: Sunday May 15, 2016 3-4pm
Place: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 A West 13th Street, New York City  Between 5th & 6th Avenue
Admission: $15 general, $10 for Senior & Student

さろん シリーズ第55回「神聖な空間・ 第二回」

18周年目を迎えるさろんシリーズ、その第55回は、声明を取り上げた[神聖な空間」と変わり、「神聖な空間・第二回」と題して、日本古代の自然 崇拝、禊の礼の儀を歌と舞で再現します。後半は観客参加で、共に神聖な空間を造り、ラビリンス(labyrinth)でのウオーキング・メデイテーションで締め括ります。
ゲスト出演 :ジーン・アンドー、辻幸夫、リチャード・グロス、
伊藤さちよ舞踊団メンバー日: 5月15日(日) 午後3-4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)
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.3*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。

Sun, Mar 27, 2016
3:00 pm 
– 4:00 pm
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street New York City, between 5th & 6th Avenue
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Inspired by Salon Series’ 2014 theme, “Ma” (special concept of time and space in Japanese culture), the idea of “Yoin,” (resonance) and its importance in Japanese performing arts and literature will be investigated through music, dance and poetry. John Stevenson will discuss the resonance in haiku and its influence on western poetry, while James Nyoraku Schlefer will talk about resonance in Japanese music. Schlefer will play his shakuhachi music, to which Sachiyo Ito will dance. The program will be concluded by an improvisational dance and music by Ito and Schlefer on a haiku composed by Stevenson.

James Nyoraku Schlefer


John Stevenson

Guest Artists: James Nyoraku Schlefer, John Stevenson

When: Sunday March 27, 2016  3pm-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 54回

18周年目を迎えるさろんシリーズ、その第54回は、「余韻: 音 楽、舞踊、文学における」と題して、音楽、舞踊、文学、特に俳句における余韻とは何かを探る会を催します。

演目はジェ-ムズ・如楽・シュレフア-の尺八本曲演奏と、シュレフア-演奏の高橋悠治氏作曲現代尺八曲に余韻をテーマにして振り付けられた舞踊作品、ジョン・ステイ-ブ ンソンの俳句に振りつけられた舞踊作品。 ゲストのお話しと演奏、舞踊をお楽しみ下さい。

ゲスト出演: ジェ-ムズ・如楽・ シュレフア- (尺八)、ジョン・ステイ-ブ ンソン(俳人)

日:3月27日(日) 午後3時-4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)

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*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。

Salon Series 2015


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。


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)

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*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。


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。

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Salon Series 2014


Cha no Yu (Tea Ceremony) and Cha Ondo (Tea Song)

Please join us for Salon Series No. 50. The program will present a demonstration of tea ceremony and a performance of Japanese classical dance, Cha-ondo (Tea Song). The discussion on Ma space in Japanese tea ceremony will follow. Cha-ondo will be accompanied by Koto and Shamisen.Guest artists: Tea Master Masako Koike, Masayo Ishigure and Miyabi Ensemble (koto/shamisen)

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Sachiyo Ito (Photo:Larry Thompson)


Masayo Ishigure


Charles Wei-Ting Tang


Salon Series No. 49 on April 6, 2014

Ma and Breathing in Dance and Healing
Guest Artist: Wataru Ohashi

The program will focus on the highest technique in dance, the breath work. Cultivating the best uses of timing, “Ma” in executing breath with movements is the last stage of learning process, and the mastering is essential in order to be a professional performer. While shiatsu healing master will demonstrate Ma in his healing work.

Comments from guests attending the Salon Series #49

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. In her first dance, Ito performed a Kabuki segment said to be performed using just one full breath. The short dance was an active flurry of movement as the character portrayed brandishing a sword, hiding and re-appearing. In her second dance sequence, an Okinawan traditional dance, the tempo was quite slow and controlled with strong level changes, abrupt arm and head moves, and direct placements of the feet. The kimono sleeves were used to express longing and connection. – Dalienne Majors

Salon Series No. 48 on February 9, 2014

Ma: Creating Sacred Space and Time, Here and Now
Guest Artists: Kaoru Watanabe (flutist/drummer), Satoshi Takeishi (percussionist), Rev. Kenjitsu Nakagaki (Calligrapher)

The prevailing theme of Salon Series in 2014 Season is “Ma,” the particular sense of space and time in Japanese arts and culture.

The first in the program investigates Ma in creating sacred space and time through sutra chanting and writing, music and dance improvisation.

Comments from guests attending the Salon Series #48

Last Sunday’s Salon was remarkably beautiful—the dance, the music, the chanting, the candles and the calligraphy. I can just imagine how much work and experience precede an afternoon like that.
– Constance C.

The Salon “Ma” was incredible. The visual, sound and poetry elements connected by your movements made the meditation of space and time profoundly meaningful. – Dalienne M.

Salon Series Topics(1998-2013)

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Salon Series No. 47 on June 23, 2013

Chinese Opera and Japanese Classical Theater and Dance: Their Gestures and Stylization
Guest Artist: Yong Jhong Jia

The guest artist and Sachiyo Ito presented a co-demonstration on gestures, and abstraction and stylization of gestures in acting and dancing, followed by performances from Kun Opera and Kabuki dance. The highlight of the program was the collaboration on a Chinese poem sung as a Chinese opera, in Japanese melody, and choreographed/danced by Sachiyo Ito as a new Japanese dance.

Salon Series No. 46 on April 7, 2013

Okinawan and Indonesian Dance and Music
Guest Artist: Amalia Suryani with Saung Budaya

The program examined similarities and differences between Okinawan dance and Indonesian dance through demonstration of dance movements. Ms. Suryani and Sachiyo Ito gave a co-demonstration on the basics of dance forms focusing on hand gestures. Several Okinawan and Indonesian dances were performed to illustrate the demonstration.

Salon Series No. 45 on February 3, 2013

Gestures in Japanese Dance and Mime
Guest Artist: Yass Hakoshima

The Japanese are known to be less verbal. The program examined why and how we use them in daily life and if any of those are reflected in dance. The mime artist and Sachiyo Ito gave demonstrations to illustrate how a mime draws gestures from daily life as a comparison. To gain further insight, excerpts from Kabuki dances, Haru no Umi choreographed by Ito as well as the guest’s Fisherman were performed.

Salon Series No. 44 on June 17, 2012

The Art of Walking
Guest Artists: Marnie Thomas, Wendy Whelan

The program encompassed various dance disciplines from Japanese classical dance and Okinawan dance to ballet, and contemporary dance to exhibit the walk, the very basic of dance techniques. The co-demonstration of walking techniques was followed by a dace work from each artist. The cultural and social meanings that affect the dance forms were discussed.

Salon Series No. 43 on May 20, 2012

Meditation in Sound and Movement
Guest Artist: Ralph Samuelson

For the first time in 14 years of Salon Series, the program was presented as a workshop. Participants chose to learn Walking meditation or, Shakuhachi meditation, or both. The Japanese bamboo flute, the shakuhachi, is associated with Zen Buddhism from 16th century Japan. Playing Honkyoku pieces is referred as Sui-zen (blowing Zen), and focuses on breath and concentration with the mind of Za-zen (sitting Zen meditation). The Shakuhachi master taught how to breathe in to flute, while Sachiyo Ito led a walking meditation in the tradition of Community of Mindfulness. A dance created as a dedication to Japan’s Earthquake victims concluded the program.

Salon Series No. 42 on March 11, 2012

Seiza, the Japanese Way of Sitting in the Arts and Life
Guest Speaker: Jeremy Baber

Seiza, the Japanese way of sitting on the knees, was explained as it exists in life and the arts. An excerpt from a typical Japanese classical dance, Kagamijishi, was followed by a discussion on how the Japanese sit and also in the arts such as tea ceremony with a brief demonstration of tea ceremony, and how it is used in dance. The physical therapist explained about the functions of knees and muscles and issues in Japanese-style sitting.

Salon Series No. 41 on June 26, 2011

At the Still Point of the Turning World
Guest Artists: Elena Rivera, Beth Griffith, and Egil Rostad

The influence of Japanese Theater on Western Theater and Literature was discusses, followed by performances of Hagoromo (Shimai, Noh dance), and the new work titled, At the Still Point of the Turning World inspired by Four Quartets By T.S. Eliot with cello and vocal.

Salon Series No. 40 on May 22, 2011

What makes Japanese Art?
Guest Artists: Masayo Ihigure, T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, Kaoru Watanabe, John Stevenson, Dale Walkonen  

A collaboration of artists in various disciplines was presented.  Inspired by Haiku, calligraphy and dance presented a program of improvisation. Poetry in western style and haiku weaved through the improvisation as it developed. Post performance discussion focused on Japanese aesthetics that thread through different forms of Japanese art, “What makes Japanese art?”

Salon Series No. 39 on March 27, 2011

Butoh and Japanese Dance Tradition
Guest Artist: Vangeline

Butoh, the world-renowned contemporary dance originated in Japan in 1960s. The Butoh artist demonstrated the techniques, talked about her philosophy, and performed her work, Ritual. To guide an insight as to how their techniques and philosophy are derived from the tradition and cultural roots of Japan, Sachiyo Ito joined in the demonstration, and presented a dance inspired by her dance.

Salon Series No. 38 on May 23, 2010

Joy of Okinawan Dance and Music
Guest Artists: New York Okinawa Sanshin Club Members 

Okinawan folk music and dance with audience participation in Kachashi, the uniquely Okinawan improvisation dance, was presented.

Salon Series No. 37 on April 4, 2010

Modernity in Tradition: Asian Collaboration: Japanese and Indian Dance and Music
Guest Artists: Rajika Puri, Steve Gorn, Ralph Samuelson

Inspired by “Improvisation on Rokudan,” with Indian instruments based on Japanese melody, the dancers and musicians trained in the classical traditions of Japanese and Indian music collaborated to create contemporary works.  

Salon Series No. 36 on February 7, 2010

Fue and Shakuhachi
Guest Artists: Nobuko Miyazaki, Ralph Samuelson, Ann Marie Yoo

The program presented the demonstation and performance of Fue and Shakuhachi with dances choreographed to their contemporary pieces. The rare arrangement of Haru no Umi, from koto to violin and flute was also performed.

Salon Series No. 35 on Jan. 25, 2009

Body Discipline and Healing Arts
Guest Artist: Watru Ohashi

The program explored breath work, stance, posture alignment, use of energy called “Chi” (Ki), the idea of Ying/Yang, and centering and balancing of body mind from the view of point of one of the Asian healing arts practitioner and that of a dancer. Okinawan dance was performed to illustrate the above.

Salon Series No. 34 on March 29, 2009

Sanshin and Shamisen
Guest Artists: Saburo Ochiai, Mutsumi Takamizu, Masumi Takamizu, Nobuko Miyazaki 

Sanshin, the Okinawan three stringed instrument, was first introduced form China in the 14th century, then transformed to shamisen on mainland Japan. Sanshin and Shamisen players talked about the instruments and their music traditions, and demonstrated how they are played. Okinawan dances accompanied by Sanshin and Jiuta-mai dances by Shamisen were performed.

Salon Series No. 33 May 14, 2009

Gagaku and Ancient Songs of Japan
Guest Artists: Tenri Gagaku Society of New York

Tenri Gagaku Music Society of New York has handed down the music tradition of the Japanese court here in New York. Following priestess dances accompanied by Gagaku, the    Gagaku instruments, the close relationship of music, dance, and religion were discussed. 

Salon Series No. 32 on June 1, 2008  

Renku and Dance: An Afternoon of Improvisation
Guest Artists: Penny Harter, William Higginson, and John Stevenson (poets); Masayo Ishigure, James Nyoraku Schlefer, Yukio Tsuji (musicians) 

This topic was well received at Salon Series No.23 in 2005, and audiences have continued to ask for a repeat. To meet this popular demand, Salon Series No. 32 presented Renku and Dance again. Following rules for Renku (linked verses) established in the 16th century, haiku and dance were linked and alternated as one inspired the other in improvised performance. Members of the Haiku Society of America joined in the program. The live music accompanied the dance was improvised by three musicians.

Salon Series No.31 on March 16, 2008

Poetry and Dance: Modern Poetry and Interpretation through Dance
Guest Artists: Hiroaki Sato (poet), Mary Myers, Beth Griffin (singers and musicians) 

In contrast to Salon Series No. 30, this program explored modern poetry in the 20th century. Selections from “Chieko-sho,” written by the modern Japanese poet Kotaro Takamura in 1940s, were read and a dance choreographed to Chieko-sho were performed to demonstrate a contemporary example of the fusion of dance and poetry.

Salon Series No. 30 on June 27, 2007

Poetry and Dance: Waka and Dance
Guest Speaker: Lewis Cook, Ph.D.

Waka, the court poetry of the 11-13th century Japan, served as the central vehicle for many of the Noh plays produced in the 14th century. Prof. Cook gave a brief survey of waka, and discussed “Eguchi,” one example of Noh based on waka poems and episodes about the legendary waka poet Saigyo. Also, a Kabuki dance, entitled “Shigure Saigyo” (Saigyo in the Autumn Rain) was performed.

Salon Series No. 29 on June 24, 2007

Okinawan Dance and Martial Arts
Guest Artist: Masahiko Honma of Karate–Do

The program examined the relationship between Okinawan dance, particularly the male dance, called Otoko Odori, and martial arts, with Karate. Meh-nu-hama, and Takadera Manzai, from Otoko Odori repertory of Okinawan dance were performed.

Salon Series No. 28 on May 6, 2007

Gagaku, the Japanese Court Music, and Contemporary Interpretation
Guest Artists: Tenri Gagaku Music Society of New York, Karl Spicer, Mutsumi Takamizu

Salon Series No. 28 presented Gagaku, the Japanese court music, with a talk on the history and tradition of Gagaku by members of Tenri Gagaku Society. Also a choreographed work by Sachiyo Ito as a contemporary interpretation was presented.

Salon Series No. 27 on Feb. 4, 2007

Comparison of Theater and Dance forms between Japan and China
Guest Artists: Ms. Anna Wu, President of the Kunqu Society

Ms. Wu and Sachiyo Ito presented a comparative demonstration on traditions and techniques of dance and theater forms of Japan and China. Members of the Kunqu Society gave a performance as well as Ms. Wu.

Salon Series No. 26 on May 21, 2006       

Contemporary Okinawan Dance: Creative Dances in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Guest Artists: New York Okinawa Sanshin Club Members

Featuring contemporary music and dances in the 20th through 21st century, and to the current popular music, contemporary dances such as Nanyo Hamachidori, and Warabi-gami were presented accompanied live.

Salon Series No. 25 on March 26, 2006   

Rituals as Sources of Creative Dance, and Comparison of Dance Forms: Korean, Japanese, and Okinawan Dance
Guest Artists: Sue Yen Park, Director of Korean Traditional Performing Arts Association.  

Dance performance and video showing on the Korean shaman’s ritual and Okinawan religious ceremony were resented together with comparative demonstration of the dance forms.

Salon Series No. 24 on Jan 29, 2006         

Geisha, Courtesan, and Fugen Bodhisattva

The program explored the arts and the social roles of geisha, courtesans, and priestesses, and their relationship with Fugen Bosatsu, one of the Bodhisattvas, who helps sentient beings toward enlightment. Dances in the program included: Kurokami, Kishi no Yanagi, and an excerpt from Shigure Saigyo.

Salon Series No. 23 on Oct. 16, 2005        

Renku and Dance: An Afternoon of Improvisation with Linked Verses and Dance

Guest Artists: Four poets from the Haiku Society of America, Terry Ann Carter, Penny Harter, William Higginson, and John Stevenson; Musicians: Yumi Kurosawa, James Schlefer, Yukio Tsuji. Following rules of Renku (linked verses) established in the 16th century, haiku and dance are linked and alternated, as one inspires the other, and composed as an improvisation.

Salon Series No. 22 on July 10, 2005        

Art as an Expression of Ethnic Identity: A Case of Okinawan Court Drama.
Guest Artists: New York Okinawa Sanshin Club Members

Sachiyo Ito discussed Okinawan court drama–how it was established and came to exemplify Okinawa’s pride in 18th century.  The program also featured music and dances from current popular repertory showing that the tradition is alive in New York today.

Salon Series No. 21 on May 22, 2005

An Illusion of Gender Changes in the Japanese Theater and Dance

The techniques of female impersonation in the kabuki theater, and the transformation from female to male, and vice versa in the Japanese classical dance, and the social and cultural background that nurtured the Edo Kabuki was discussed and demonstrated. A kabuki dance, Hokushu, was performed as an illustration of her talk.

Salon Series No. 20 on July 11, 2004

Modernity in Tradition Okinawan Music and Dance: the Original and Adaptation
Guest Artist: Rajika Puri Indian dancer

Rajika Puri and Sachiyo Ito demonstrated comparison of the traditional dance forms and departure works choreographed by each. The dancers performed together at the end honoring each culture.

Salon Series No. 19 on May 23, 2004

Okinawan Music and Dance: the Original and Adaptation
Guest Artists: New York Okinawa Sanshin Club Members

Okinawan Court Dance and Music were presented together in their newly adopted versions.

Salon Series No. 18 on Mar 28, 2004

Aesthetics of Insanity in the Greek Drama and Japanese Theater
Guest Speaker: Prof. John Chioles, New York University

The program addressed the issue of aesthetics of insanity in the Greek drama and Japanese theater, and discussed its underlying meaning of insanity in the two theater traditions. An excerpt from a Kabuki dance drama, Onatsu Kyoran (Onatsu, the Insane) was performed to illustrate the above.

Salon Series No. 17 on Oct 26, 2003

Transformations: Gender Changes in Japanese Dance

Sachiyo Ito gave a demonstration on technique and stylistic differences between female and male roles in Kabuki dance. Sachiyo Ito and Company performed excerpts from Azuma Hakkei, Hokushu, and Danjuro Musume.

Salon Series No. 16 on May 11, 2003

Okinawan Music: Demonstrations on Sanshin
Guest Artists: Jun Yamada, and New York Okinawa Sanshin Club

Demonstration on Sanshin (Okinawan 3-stringed instrument) was presented, and musicians played several pieces from court music and folk music as they accompanied the dances.

Salon Series No. 15 on Jan 12, 2003

Linking Poetry and Dance

A program of improvisation of dance inspired by Haiku, which were composed by audience was presented.

Salon Series No. 14 on Sept 15, 2002

“Egolessness” in Performance
Guest Artist: James Nyoraku Shlefer

Mr. Schelfer, the Shakuhachi Grand Master of Kinko School, gave a talk on the issue of egoless ness in performance, and played Shakuhachi. Sachiyo Ito danced to his music, “Night Pond” (Composed by Jeffery Lepondorf, choreographed by Sachiyo Ito).

Salon Series No. 13 on Apr 21, 2002

Choreographic Themes in Japanese Classical Dance
Guest Artist: Sahotoyo Tachibana

Exploring the themes in Japanese classical dance—from love stories in Kabuki plays, puppet plays to symbolism in the nature, as expressed in the Japanese poetry several kabuki dances were performed.

Salon Series No. 12 on Jan 20, 2002

Karate and Okinawan Dance
Guest Artists: Isami Shiroma, Grand Karate Master, and his Disciples

The program explored if there are similarities in the movement patterns and basic techniques such as use of breath between Karate, the martial art, and Okinawan Dance.

Salon Series No. 11 on Oct 28, 2001

Differences in Choreographic Styles and Movements among Schools of Classical Japanese Dance
Guest Artists: Sahotoyo Tachibana, Tahotae Tachibana 

The program examined if there were differences in the movement patterns and basic techniques among schools of Japanese classical dance. Dance demonstrations will include experts from Echigojishi, Asazumabune (kabuki dances) performed in the styles of Hanayagi, Fujima, and Tachibana Schools.

Salon Series No. 10 on Apr 15, 2001

The Concept of Power in Female Style Dance Forms and Narratives in Indonesia,

and Its Relationship to the Dojoji Legend of Japan
Guest Artist: Deena Burton

Indonesian dance, Kabuki dance and Okinawan dance were demonstrated by Deena Burton and Sachiyo Ito, and they explored predominant themes in their dance forms.

Salon Series No. 9 on March 11, 2001

Transformation and the Power of Obsession in Dojoji and Other Kabuki Plays
Guest Speaker: Dr. Samuel Lieter, Brooklyn College

Professor Lieter discussed the theme of transformation in Kabuki plays focusing on the Dojoji genre. Sachiyo Ito performed excerpts from Kyoganoko Musume Dojoji (Kabuki dance), based on a legend surrounding the Dojoji Temple to illustrate his talk.

Salon Series No. 8 on Jan 14, 2001

The Dojoji Legend and Expression of Love in Kabuki and Okinawan Dance

Eido Shimano Roshi, Abbot, Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kondo-ji and Shobo-ji, discussed the Buddhist morality tale, the Dojoji legend surrounding the bell of Dojoji Temple. Sachiyo Ito discussed Okinawan version of the story and performed excerpts to illustrate their talks.

Salon Series No. 7 on Oct 8, 2000

Hand Movements of Okinawan Dance from Ancient to Modern as Compared to Kabuki Dance

Sachiyo Ito demonstrated techniques of hand movements and gestures of Okinawan dance as she compared those of Kabuki dance. Hamachidori, Nanyo Hamachidori, excerpts from Kyoganoko Musume Dojoji were by performed as illustrations.

Salon Series No. 6 on Apr 16, 2000

Styles and Movements of Okinawan dance as Compared to other Dance Forms of Japan

Sachiyo Ito, Ph.D. discussed styles and movements of Okinawan dance. She examined differences and similarities with those of Noh, Kabuki, and Jiuta-mai.

Dance demonstration included Kashikaki, Hamachidori, and Me nu Hama.

Salon Series No. 5 on Jan 31, 2000

The Art of Jumping and Stamping in Japanese Dance

Sachiyo Ito demonstrated techniques of jumping and stamping in Kabuki dance, and demonstrated sections from Tomoyakko and Tamatori Ama.

Salon Series No. 4 on Oct 31, 1999

The Art of Walking in Japanese Dance

Sachiyo Ito demonstrated techniques of waling in Kabuki dance and Okinawan dance. Hokushu (Kabuki dance) and Nuha-bushi (Okinawan dance) were performed as illustrations

Salon Series No. 3 on Jul 11, 1999

Techniques and Styles of Jiuta-mai as Compared to Kabuki and Okinawan Court Dance Forms

Sachiyo Ito, Ph.D. discussed the techniques and styles of Jiuta-mai, one of the Japanese classical dance forms. Jiuta-mai is gaining a new recognition among various forms of Japanese dance. The demonstration focused on differences and similarities with Kabuki dance and Okinawan court dance, and Kurokami was performed.

Salon Series No. 2 on Mar 14, 1999

Mai, Odori and Buyo (Dance, dance, dance)

Representing various genres of Japanese dance, Mai, Odori and Buyo , Hagoromo from Noh, Nishimonai Bon Odori from folkloric dances, and Fuji Ondo and Koma from Kabuki dance repertory were performed.

Salon Series No. 1 on Dec 6, 1998

Matsuri (Festivals) and the Performing Arts

Examining the close relationship between Matsuri (festivals) and the performing arts with a slide lecture by Sachiyo Ito, Ph.D., gave a talk and performed Sambaso, the Kabuki dance, and Kajade-fu, the Okinawan dance.

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