Artists

 

MIKI ORIHARA

Dancer

 

Miki Orihara, a principal dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company, began her training in Japan at an early age in traditional Fujima Japanese Dance. After graduating from Bunka Gakuin high school in Tokyo, she came to New York to study at the Joffrey Ballet School. Then received scholarships to study at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. In 2011, she earned BA in Dance from SUNY Empire State College.

 

In 1983 she became one of the original members of the Martha Graham Ensemble and thereafter shortly joined the Martha Graham Dance Company. She has performed with various other prominent companies and choreographers as well. These include Yuriko, Elisa Monte, Jean Erdman, Mariko Sanjo, Jun Kono(Japan), Buglisi/Foreman Dance, Twyla Tharp, Stephen Pier, Martha Clarke, Anne Bogart and SITI company, and Robert Wilson. In 2001, she was invited to dance at the New National Theater in Japan. In 2006, she was a guest artist with Pascal Rioult Dance Theater for their France Tour. On Broadway, Ms Orihara appeared in the role of “Eliza” and “Topsy” in “ The King & I” directed by Christopher Renshaw, Choreographed by Jerome Robbins and Lar Lubovitch.

 

As a choreographer, she premiered her solo work/performance “Searching Dimensions” (1995) in New York. Her recent works are “Passage”, “Serious Garden”  and “End of Summer” . These works were well received at their openings in Japan. In 2001, Ms Orihara presented an 8 women piece “VOICE” in Nagoya, Japan followed in 2008 by “Stage”.

 

Ms. Orihara assists master teacher and choreographer Yuriko in her Graham technique classes, reconstructions and choreography. She has also been a guest teacher at UCLA World Arts and Culture Department, Atlanta Ballet, State University of Florida, the Ailey School, Peridance, The Hartt School, Arts International in Moscow with Takako Asakawa, the New National Theater Ballet School in Tokyo, Les Etés de la Danse in Paris, Henny Jurriens Foundation in Amsterdam and numerous other workshops and schools throughout the world. She is currently on faculty at the Martha Graham School.  As a Regissuer on Martha Graham’s work, she has been setting works on world wide, include Diana Vashineva’s “Dialogue” and Wendy Whelan of New York City Ballet.

 

Ms. Orihara served as a Movement designer for Jen Silverman’s “Crane Story” directed by Katherine Kovner and a Casting Producer/Dance Director for mishmash*Miki Orihara’s music videos which will be released Spring/Summer 2014. Ms. Orihara is in process of making Martha Graham technique DVD, collaboration with Dance Spotlight and Martha Graham Center.

 

In 2010, She received a New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award for her contributions to dance.

 

 

MERCE CUNNINGHAM

1919–2009

 

Merce Cunningham was a leader of the American avant-garde throughout his seventy-year career and is considered one of the most important choreographers of our time. With an artistic career distinguished by constant experimentation and collaboration with groundbreaking artists from every discipline, Cunningham expanded the frontiers of dance and contemporary visual and performing arts. Cunningham’s lifelong passion for innovation also made him a pioneer in applying new technologies to the arts.

 

Born in Centralia, Washington on April 16, 1919, Cunningham began his professional dance career at 20 with a six-year tenure as a soloist in the Martha Graham Dance Company. In 1944 he presented his first solo show and in 1953 formed the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as a forum to explore his groundbreaking ideas. Together with John Cage, his partner in life and work, Cunningham proposed a number of radical innovations, chief among them that dance and music may occur in the same time and space, but could be created independently of one another. They also made extensive use of chance procedures, abandoning musical forms, narrative, and other conventional elements of dance composition. For Cunningham the subject of his dances was always dance itself.

 

An active choreographer and mentor to the arts world throughout his life, Cunningham earned some of the highest honors bestowed in the arts, including the National Medal of Arts (1990), the MacArthur Fellowship (1985), Japan’s Praemium Imperiale (2005), and the British Laurence Olivier Award (1985). Always forward-thinking, Cunningham established the Merce Cunningham Trust in 2000 and developed the precedent-setting Legacy Plan prior to his death, to ensure the preservation of his artistic legacy.

 

 

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TANROH ISHIDA

A London/Tokyo based Japanese actor

 

Tanroh started training in Japanese Traditional Noh/Kyogen Theatre at the age of three. He was taught by his father and a Kyogen master Mansaku Nomura (now Japan's National Living Treasure) during this period.

With his theatre company he performed at a number of theatres nationally and internationally; including the Carnegie Hall and Shakespeare's Globe.

 

At the age of 15 Tanroh became interested in learning about the western style of theatre.

He moved to England to study and audition for drama schools. He was accepted at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

 

After graduating from Guildhall, Tanroh has appeared in a variety of features, such as ‘47 Ronin’ alongside Keanu Reeves, the Coen Brother’s ‘Gambit’, ‘The Journey is the Destination’, 'The Windmill Massacre" and a leading role alongside Jeremy Irvine and Colin Firth in ‘The Railway Man’.

 

In order to explore his rare experiences as an actor, having had the unique privilege of classical training in both the East and West, Tanroh formed his own theatre company Tea Leaf Theatre. During this time, he also co-directed an dramatic improvisation company The Improsarios. He was also Artistic Director for a San Francisco based Japanese theatre company Theatre of Yugen.

His directorial work includes: 'Kyogen Raw and Uncooked' which received critical acclaim of 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

 

As a theatre practitioner, he has taught lecture / workshop on Japanese traditional theatre for international academic institutes such as University of Oxford and University of Hartford (US). He is currently on the special advisory board for Japanese government's new cultural centre in London 'Japan House’.

 

 

CHARLOTTE GRIFFIN

 

Charlotte Griffin creates work for live performance, screendance, and multimedia environments. Her concert repertory has been commissioned by The Cambrians, The Juilliard School, The Hartt School Dance Division, The American Dance Festival, BJM Danse in Montreal and more. She has created ballets at The New York Choreographic Institute with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive in Austin, and for Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech Kids Dance. Her choreography for theater includes Bum Phillips All-American Opera with Monk Parrots, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s 410[Gone], and The Woman in the Attic with Archipelago Theatre. She has received residences at Lux Boreal Contemporary Dance Company, ArcDanz, Springboard Danse Montreal, The Yard, Cayman Island Arts Festival, and the Bates Dance Festival. Her award-winning dance films, Barefoot Negotiations (2009) and Raven Study (2007), have screened internationally and continue to inform her interest in choreo-cinematic form. Charlotte received her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School under the direction of Mr. Benjamin Harkarvy and an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin. She is originally from North Carolina and resides in California where she is an Assistant Professor of Dance at UC Irvine.

 

 

SENRI OE

Jazz Pianist, Composer: Music for Charlotte Gliffin

 

The Bestselling SONY Music recording artist, Senti Oe’s  international debut all-jazz album, “Boys Mature Slow,”(PND Records) in July 2012 has generated many rave reviews from the top music magazines including “Jazziz”. “Down Beat” in NYC.After its release in Japan September 2012 (SONY Records), this “Boys Mature Slow” got “The Album Of The Year: new star(Nissan presents “Jazz Japan” Awards 2012).

 

Oe has been active and influential in Japanese music scene as a lyricist, composer and arranger since he debuted in 1983.He extended his talent in the TV and film industry and went on flourishing as an actor and TV personality as well. Major awards he won are Japan Gold Disc Grand Prix: Best Male Pop Artist

1988 and FNS Pop Music Award: Best Song of the Year 1989.

 

In January 2008, Oe decided to pause his 25 year-long careers in popular music for pursuing jazz and moved to New York studying under Junior Mance, Aaron Goldberg. Oe graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in May 2012.

 

Oe is now appearing at jazz clubs thoughout NYC and surrounding east coast areas such as Tomi Jazz, Zinc Bar, SOB, Blue Note, NY City Winary, Domain wine bar(Long Islnad City) along with Japan tour at Tokyo Blue Note and Nagoya Blue Note.

 

Moreover, his 2nd Jazz Album “Spooky Hotel”went to the top in the Billboard Japan Jazz Charts and he performed at Tokyo Jazz Festival 2013 again with his big band and special vocalists, Sheila Jordan and Matt Dusk.

 

 

JETSAM

Composer: Music for Shirabyoshi

 

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VIDEOGRAPHER

Tobin Del Cuore (MO’s work)

 

 

COSTUME DESIGN for Shirabyoshi and Xxxxxxxxxxx

Karen Young

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

WEB/GRAPHIC DESIGN

 

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Steven Hitt

 

 

PRODUCTION ADVISER / COORDINATOR

Sumie Yonei

 

 

VIDEO (Making Resonance)

Antonia Miranda

 

 

Stephen Pier

 

 

 

 

Fri., April 28,

   7 pm Film, Rersonance in 2014

   8 pm Dance, Rersonance II

 

Sat., April 29

    2 pm Film, Rersonance in 2014

    3 pm Dance, Rersonance II

 

TICKET:

General $20   Student: $10

www.lpac.nyc/events

Box Office : 718.482.5151

contact : kyomei.info@gmail.com

 

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center

31-10 Thomson Ave. Long Island City

7 train to 33rd St.

E or G train to 23rd Ely/Court Sq.

N, W to Queensboro Plaza

R to Queens Plaza

Thur., April 27, 7 pm

 

Dance performance by

Erin Dillon
Roxane D'Orleans Juste
Ask L Cour Rasmussen
Francesca Harper Project
TAKE Dance
RIOULT Dance NY

 

Music performance by

Senri Oe

 

TICKET: $25/$30

kyomei.benefit@gmail.com / 718.482.5151

 

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center

31-10 Thomson Ave. Long Island City

7 train to 33rd St.

E or G train to 23rd Ely/Court Sq.

N, W to Queensboro Plaza

R to Queens Plaza