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日本向けグラハムテクニック、テイラーマスタークラス

Today, I would like to announce/introduce some ZOOM classes for Japan.
Last year was a hard year, and it is still ongoing problem for the world.
So I started Graham technique class for Japan on ZOOM, and this month, August, we will have 2 Graham classes and 2 Taylor style master classes!!!

今日は昨年の秋に始め、続けている日本向けのグラハムテクニッククラスからのお知らせです。通常のグラハムテクニックのクラス2回、そしてテイラースタイルのクラスを2回開催いたします。

Paul Taylor is a very important dancer/choreographer for American Modern Dance. He danced in Martha Graham Dance Company and then developed his own dance style, dance company of 6 dancers, and performed all over the world. Now the company is a big company ( studio is in the lower east side in NYC)
Rei Akasawa was picked by Paul to be in his chamber ensemble "Taylor 2".

ポール・テイラーはアメリカンモダンダンスの重要なダンサー、振付け師でした。マーサ・グラハム舞踊団で踊り、その後自分のスタイルの踊りを築きました。
今回はそのテイラー自身から抜擢され、テイラー舞踊団のチャンバーアンサンブル・テイラ−2にて8年間踊っていた赤澤鈴さんにマスタークラスをお願いしました。

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In this online class, one will learn basic of Graham technique class, some excerpts from repertory to learn how to use technique and adopt theatrical idea thru dance movement and introduce other modern dance style developed from Graham technique. May be we can talk what is different/similarity of those exercises. Modern/contemporary classes should have sequence, vigorous just like ballet, but from there, good teach could develop and give variations. That will make dance. Teachers who we will offer are professional dancer/teacher who could teach with pedagogy and professional experiences as much as possible.

このZOOMでのクラスでは、グラハムテクニック、レパートリーを通じてテクニックと演劇の必然性を探ること、そしてグラハム関連のグラハム以外のモダンダンスのスタイルの紹介をしていきたいと思っています。グラハムをはじめ、モダンダンスのメソッド、スタイルではバレエのような、シークエンスがあり、そこからバリエーションがどんどん広がり、踊りにつながっていくシステムになっています。ペダゴジー(教育学)に沿って教えることのできるプロのダンサー、ダンス教育者の方たちにマスタークラスをお願いすることを目指しています。
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Rei is the only Japanese female dancer with Paul Taylor company that I know. Akiko Kanda danced with Paul ( they danced with Graham together I assume) during his early years of choreographic development. Not many Japanese people know about "Taylor" but he is a very important American modern dancer/choreographer and company.


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今回の鈴さんはテイラー自身に抜擢され、彼の作品を彼自身、そしてオリジナルキャストから習い、コーチを受け、そしてポールの作品作りにも関わっている数少ない日本人ダンサーです。ポール・テイラーはあまり日本では馴染みにない名前だと思いますが、アメリカンモダンダンスにおいてはとても重要なダンサー、振付師、そしてカンパニーです。

グラハムテクニック、テイラースタイルを日本語で学ぶことのできる珍しい機会です。
See you there!!!


日本時間 
8月 7日(土)9 AM グラハムテクニック     講師:折原美樹

8月15日(日)9 AM グラハムテクニック     講師:折原美樹

8月21日(土)9 AM テイラー マスタークラス  講師:赤澤鈴

8月28日(土)9 AM テイラー マスタークラス  講師:赤澤鈴


受講お申し込みはメールかホームページにて受け付けております。

Email: mgjpclass@gmail.com

ホームページ:https://www.mgjpclass.com/


*受講料のお支払いはゆうちょ銀行・りそな銀行の口座振り込みにて承っております。

お申し込み時にご希望の受講日とお支払い方法をお知らせください。

*受講料のお振込みは受講日の前日までにお願いいたします。

*ご入金が確認できましたらクラス参加用のZoomリンクをお送りいたします。

ご質問やご相談がございましたら上記メールにお問い合わせください。

どうぞよろしくお願いいたします。


# by miki3lotus | 2021-08-04 23:22 | Dance

Spring is here in NY April 2021

It's Spring.


Hope all of you are well!!!

Where the time go?? April is already here. My parents used to say time passes very fast as you get older. Wow that is so true. It is like a roller coaster!

春になりました!!!まだ肌寒いニューヨークですが・・・年をとると時の進み具合が早いとよく両親入っておりましたが、本当ですねぇ!!

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It's Spring and it's the time for Hartt Dances!!!

It will be streamed Live!!! I will be there to watch too so please join me!!!

click: http://bit.ly/WatchHarttDance ***It is NY/East Coast time


Dancers at the Hartt School has been working in person since last semester.

They wash their floors, bars, keeping protocol for COVID and working hard.


And for this Spring, they will be premiering, YES PREMIERING - CREATING

NEW WORKS !!!

New works by Richard Alston (UK) and Chanel DaSilva, and Excerpts from

Giselle( it is so charming!!!) and wonderful mini event by Merce Cunningham

with Live music by Hartt Composers Ensemble.


It's pretty amazing in this situation to be able to do so!!!

Choreographer is creating on you, you can experience masters' works in ballet and modern dance, and will be performed with live music!!! That is amazing.

I am very excited about this.


This semester, I am back teaching. I am teaching Freshman for Graham 1

- beginner level but these young dancers are so talented, I am already starting to teach Back Leg Extension and Pretzel.


Click: Hartt Dances 2021 Spring



春といえば、ハートスクールの公演です!

今年はオンラインでの公演です。日本では普通に(観客数は少ないようですが)舞台が行われているようですが、こちらはまだまだ。よってオンライン。でもその素晴らしいのは、世界中のどこからでも見ることができることですね!!!


ダンサーたちは、スタジオの掃除、バーを拭いたり、床に消毒液を巻いたり毎日やっております。イギリスの振付家、リチャード・アルストンの新作、ニューヨーク新鋭振付家、シャネル・ダシルヴァの新作、ジゼルからの抜粋そしてマース・カニングハムのミニイベント。ハートスクールの作曲コースの学生(と言ってもマスターです!)とのコラボ。羨ましい限りです。ニューヨーク(東海岸)時間で、土曜日と日曜日の公演時間ですので、日本の方には朝九時半ということになりますね。ぜひご覧くださいね!!!

Even it is still cold, nature is waking up!!!

Beautiful flowers are every where!!!


まだ肌寒いといえど、花は沢山咲き始めています。

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It's beautiful at our community garden, street and I see so many beautiful

pictures of Central Park! Usually people said, "Capital of Flower" is Paris,

but NY is very much like that too!!! 

花の都パリと言いますが、ニューヨークも負けてはおりません!!

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And we started rooftop garden and Garlic Chives, Oregano, Thyme, Sage,

Rosemary, Lavender and Mint all survived over this winter!!! I am so happy

to see these new life! (Left picture)

and I am SO happy about Japanese Pepper - Sansho(2nd Picture) is surviving at my plot in Community Garden! I don't have much flower plants in my plot but some JP greens are coming!!! and of course salad green and tomatoes!!!

And this is our Yuzu plant(3rd Picture) which we started from seed. Yes I kept Yuzu seed from Japanese Restaurant for hot Pot! Hoping this will eventually

make some fruits. it has very mean looking thorn...


昨年の夏にルーフトップガーデンをはじめ、冬を越して何が戻ってくるかと思っていたのですが、ハーブ類はみな戻ってきて嬉しいです。畑に植えている山椒も!そして日本食レストランから柚子の種を持って帰ってきて根が出て今このくらいになりました!!!とても痛そうなトゲも沢山。柚子なるでしょうか???いつになるか・・・


There are few things that I did in Jan-March, I will try to keep up soon...


Happy Spring!!!


Oh yes, I am fully vaccinated!!! Even that, I am very careful with mask and washing hands! Please stay healthy!



ワクチンもありますが、まだまだ油断は禁物!皆さんもマスク着用、手洗いとうがい、健康に春をエンジョイしましょうね!!!


Love to you all,

miki



PS: I updated our website. Please visit Miki's and for Stephen Pier


二人のウエッブサイトを新しくしました!ぜひチェックしてください!!



# by miki3lotus | 2021-04-13 08:18

2021 Year of the Ox

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021

Somehow, we made it through that one!! Well, here’s how. We had each other and we had a terrific group of friends and colleagues to share the wonders and terrors of that past year. Lets focus on the former.

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Jan – Feb: Life is good! Hartt Dance is named “Best College Dance Program” for the second year in a row. We prepare for a year full of our usual activities. “Man plans – God laughs!”

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March -April:

School closes. Stephen gets back to NYC and battles the COVID-19 virus which doesn’t stand a chance against Miki’s invincible healing powers. We shift into the remote teaching mode with alacrity and grace turning our railroad apartment into not just one, but two Dance Studios!



European tours and live productions are canceled. Life goes on with “unprecedented ambiguity” but we and our neighbors pull together in very beautiful ways.

Come rain or come shine we meet on the roof every evening at 7:00 to celebrate our essential workers, exchange recipes, develop wicked cocktails, plan group projects and offer each other emotional support.

and Miki develops an exercise group for the ladies in our co-op each morning. 405 rocks!

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Please try to dance with us!!!

@my best - Seated

@my best - Standing

Rooftop@9 Original music by Karin Fukumi


May – June: 19th Wedding anniversary! Miki creates rooftop herb garden for all in our building to enjoy. We get super creative and productive in the kitchen turning out new dishes, baking bread,

experimenting with techniques like sous vide, stove top smoker, and every imaginable desert!



Finding ways to respond to all that is transpiring in the world around us, delving inward seems our best path. SP enrolls in an 8-week course in NVC, Non Violent Communication.


July – August: Preparations for returning to classes at Hartt start getting intense, even more intense, and outrageously intense. Stephen studies everything available concerning COVID-19, is guided by a terrific team from the Yale School of Public Health, and is very grateful to his father for an upbringing immersed in microbiology and aseptic technique. Dance specific protocols are developed and miraculously supported to a large degree by the University! After 5 months in lockdown, SP ventures out to teach live dancers in a studio in Pennsylvania. Scary, but empowering!



Of course I am baking and making deserts too. I had fun and I am still having a good time!


Sept – Oct: Miki’s project in Berlin finally admits defeat but she continues teaching remotely and in person, working on her Graham Technique DVD

Part II, cooking, sewing costumes, developing her rooftop exercise class, gardening, helping our ward, Karin, find a piano and stay in her masters program at Hunter. Stephen tries to get through each day at Hartt navigating his crew through uncharted waters, taking it moment by moment, and having the conversations that need to be had with students, faculty, and administration, to make the changes that need to be made.



Oct-Nov: Miki had 16 live performances. Yes!

LIVE performances!!!

New York Theatre Ballet's Lift Lab Live! 10 audience member, air filters, open windows and doors, partitions, masks.... It was very special. I was so happy to be able to actually dance in space!!! NYTB is awesome!!!

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Nov – Dec:

Hartt Dance finishes the semester having delivered in-studio classes to all students every day and producing performance series for streamed audiences of more than 3,000. Not one case of COVID among the dancers.


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MIKI turns 60! We celebrate with beloved friends from around the world thanks to Zoom!


Of course, we did our best to celebrate the holidays and get ourselves in the spirit for a very NEW year, 2021! We wish you all good health and great joy.


The second animal of the Chinese zodiac, the ox denotes the hard work, positivity and honesty that will be manifested in all of us in the coming 12 months, according to astrologers.(Online source)


Stay well and Keep smiling!!!


Much love, Stephen and Miki



# by miki3lotus | 2021-01-13 13:38

HAMADRYAD


HAMADRYAD by Jean Erdman

I sent out the announcement of Resonance III last time. Now I have the link for "Hamadryad". The work choreographed by Jean Erdman who recently passed away of age 104 years young. She created this dance when she and Joe were staying in their Catskills house and she was going to her studio thru woods. She heard this music coming from somewhere, and it inspired her to make this beautiful work. Nancy Allison, the artistic director of Jean Erdman Dance Company, asked me the first time to dance this work for American Dance Guild's performance long time ago. And she had this idea of mixing rehearsal studio and out door space as this nymph was wondering around the woods. I loved the idea and I am so glad that this film captured so many different aspect of this dance. We actually filmed in Catskills!!! It was bit cold though...


I am very happy that i worked with Jean when I was very young before I started with Martha's place. Jean was always so nice to come see me at the Graham seasons.

I will share my ignorance as a young dancer story.


Joe was always there at rehearsals or performances. One day after the performance with Jean's company, she had a party at her apartment in NYC. I have never been to her place and Jean and Joe lives there with so many books on the shelves.

I asked "Joe,what do you do? "

Joe replied " I write."

me "Wow that is why you have so many books!!!

-----and party goes on...


A while after, Joe passed away, I send Jean a flower and a card and talked her little. She was missing him very much.


I was already dancing with Martha, and at the rehearsal Martha said to all of us,

"Tonight, I am not rehearsing. Instead, I want you all to go home and watch PBSat 8pm". That time, Martha was creating works so we worked 8-10pm every weekday. So I went home. I had small B&W TV and I turned TV on, channel 13 (PBS) and guess who came into the TV screen.....


Joe.


??? What is Joe doing in TV? and it was Bill Moyers show - Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. I realized Joe is Joseph, Joseph is Joe??? And Joseph Campbell!!!

This is the person who George Lukas was inspired to make his epic movies - Star Wars!


WHAAAAAAT???

of course Joe is not here with us anymore. And no wonder he had so many books... Joe/Joseph was a very important person for Martha too!!! He inspired so many artists.


I so wished that I knew when I asked him,

" What do you do?"... I am sure he was laughing inside...


Oh well.


Joe was inspired by Jean so much too. I hear they always had a breakfast together, talked about what their thought night before, Joe used to write in the evening.

I told Jean that I have some idea for dance work about 20 years ago, I still remember that day in her Hawaii apt, sitting and looking over the water. She told me to keep working on it. I still remember what was the idea, so someday i will make this dance...


SO Please watch this beautiful dance work!!!


HAMADRYAD

A dancer, or perhaps a wood nymph, rehearses alone in a New York studio enchanting herself back into the forest.

Conceived, produced and directed by Nancy Allison and Paul Allman

Choreography Jean Erdman

Staged by Nancy Allison

Danced by Miki Orihara

Cinematography by Glen Mordechi

Edited by Paul Allman

Music by Claude Debussy, performed by Elizabeth Brown

Costumes by Karen Young Costume Design, Olivia Fuks, Miki Orihara and Nancy Allison


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数週間前に「リゾナンス3」のお知らせを送りました。そして今回はジーン・アードマン振付の「ハマドラヤド」のお知らせです。

この作品はジーンが旦那様のジョーとキャッツキル(ニューヨークの郊外でウッドストックの近く)に毎夏に行くのですが、その時稽古場に向かう時森の中を歩いていたら、この曲が聞こえてきたそうです。そして森の中の景色、音カラコン作品が生まれました。ジーンは今年104歳で亡くなりました。私は数年前にハワイに行った時に、彼女に会ってきました。この作品、踊りだけのバージョンを見てもらいました。その際にはジーンはこの作品を自分で作ったことは覚えていないようでしたが、「きれいに踊るわね、踊り頑張ってね」と言ってくれました。ジーンのカンパニーの芸術監督をしているナンシー・アリソンからこの踊りを踊らないかと言われ、ずいぶん昔に踊ったので、今回のこのフィルムを作る時に昔のことも思い出し、楽しかったです。そしてこのフィルム、作品の良さを稽古場と外の、まさにジーンがこの音を聞いた場所(キャッツキルにて撮影しました!)で再現することができてとても良かったです。


ジーンのカンパニーで踊っていた時、公演のためのリハーサル、公演には必ずジョーが来ていました。時々いろいろなことを話してくれたり、楽しかったです。公演後の打ち上げが彼女とジョーのアパートでありました。中に入ると本棚がたくさん。本がぎっしり。そこで私はジョーに「ジョーは何をしているの?」と聞いたら、彼は「僕は物書きだ」と。「ほぉ〜〜〜」と思ったのを思い出します。。。

その後ジョーがなくなり、ジーンに花とカードを送り、ジーンと少し話をしたことも思い出します。


マーサのカンパニーでのある日、マーサが「今夜はリハーサルをしないので、皆帰ってテレビを見るように!」ということで、アパートに戻り、白黒の小さなテレビをつけました。スクリーンから出てきたのは何とジョー!

えっ???

ビル・モイヤーという有名なインタビュアーの番組。「神話の力」でした。

ジョーがジョセフ?ジョセフがジョー???と頭の中には???でした。


もちろん、今はジョーがいないので、いろいろ聞くことはできませんが、もっと早くに知っていればいろいろなことが聞けたのに・・・


と、残念なことでした。

ジーンがなくなり、寂しいです。


Stay safe & Stay well!!!

Love

miki


# by miki3lotus | 2020-06-03 05:10 | Performing Art

演劇緊急支援プロジェクト

http://engekikinkyushien.info/

ニューヨークのロックダウンが始まり、これほどニューヨークはアート、特に演劇(踊りや音楽も含む)に支えられていたのだということがわかりました。そしてその中にいる人たち(私も含め)はほとんどが皆、フリーランス。政府の保障もなしのフリーランス。今までは給料としての収入が発生しない場合は失業保険をもらうことができなかったのですが、今回はフリーランスの人ももらえるようになったアメリカです。それでもかなりの人たちが申請できない状態だとも聞いています。


In New York, with lock down, I didn't realised how fragile NY was. All theatre closed, and we all lost our jobs. Yet I was amazed with how US Government open up Unemployment to Freelancers!!! Until now, freelancer who doesn't get W-2's could not get Unemployment but this time, they open up!!! Many of my friends, most of them are in arts + Performing arts are receiving this.
I am looking at what is happening in Japan, without government support, yet government suggest close off - good decision but no support???
I heard about 3 masks per family, that changed to each of them ( I am not against it but have some opinion on it) and now stimulus money but you have to apply using smart phone? if you don't have it, can you not get it??? I don't know what is happening there...

SO I wanted to help my friends in theatre in Japan. I can do this to help them!!!
Please sign this petition! Even you are NOT Japanese, your signature is helping it. And you have never know that you might go to Japan on day to be a part of Theatre there!!!

日本の状況を見ていますと、政府のサポートもなし、舞台もできずということが続くとどうなってしまうのか心配です。
ぜひこのサイトに行って、ヘルプをお願いします。

http://engekikinkyushien.info/

上記から署名拡散お願いいたします。

日本人以外の署名もありと思いますので。。。

どうぞよろしくお願いいたします。


# by miki3lotus | 2020-05-15 01:18 | Performing Art