Not Held at Japan Society – An Evening of Japanese Classical, Contemporary and Okinawan Dance

September 18, 2004
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32nd New York Season Concert

Saturday, September 18 at 8 pm

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University on Spruce Street, between Park Row and Gold Street, New York City

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the inception of the relations between the United States and Japan, Sachiyo Ito and Company will present a concert of Japanese Classical, Contemporary, and Okinawan Dance on September 18, 2004, at 8 pm in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, New York City.  This concert also celebrates 32nd year of performance of Sachiyo Ito in New York City.  Featured will be a rare performance of the kabuki dance drama Onatsu Kyoran (Onatsu, the Insane) – created by Shoyo Tsubouchi, the renowned drama-reformer of late 19th and early 20th century Japan.  Guest artist from Japan, Shogo Fujima, will join Sachiyo Ito and 6 young dancers. Onatsu Kyoran is one of several epochal dance dramas that were created in the new era fostered by the opening of Japan in 1868, whose impetus was initiated by Treaty of Friendship between USA and Japan in 1854. 

The program will also include Night Pond choreographed by Ms. Ito to Shakuhachi music composed by Geoffrey Lependorf; Morning Song, a premier, choreographed by Mr. Fujima to contemporary koto music by Tadao Sawai.  There will be two Okinawan dances accompanied by New York Okinawa Sanshin Club: Chibari Daiko – the favorite company repertoire of Okinawan dance, whose theme takes from the summer time Bon Festival; Chondara, a rare staging of the itinerant performers’ dance.  Performers will include Sachiyo Ito, Shogo Fujima, Tamayo Arai, Junko Fisher, Fumiko Inoue, Taro Miceli, Alisa Kikuchi, Henry Takizawa, Meril Takizawa, Akiko Nishijima, Haruki Kai, Satoshi Okabe, Keita Suzuki, Satomi Suzuki, Shuhei Yamaguchi; James Schlefer, Sawai Academy of Koto, New York Okinawa Sanshin Club (Musicians). The set design is by Watoku Ueno. 

Tickets: $20, $16 (senio/ student), $15 (advance ticket), $12 Japan Society members (please contact Sachiyo Ito and Company, 212-627-0265)        

Box office: 212-346-1715 
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  • Saturday, September 18, 2004
  • 8:00 pm