The day before wedding.

Luke is getting married!
SP's nephew Luke is getting Married. He found this beautiful woman Evy,

The day before the wedding, there was a rehearsal dinner. We were late to appear to the party...
so we missed the actual rehearsal but in this rehearsal, they are going thru :
who go first, where you go, what is the order... etc.
We got there just in time for this PARTY!
after the rehearsal, of course there is plenty of food!!!
We got there just in time for this PARTY!
Luke's father Gordon made a great BBQ!!! I wish I have a picture of his BBQ machine - pit?
He is SERIOUS!!! This was a semi pot-luck dinner. I wish i could show off with my Japanese but.. I like BBQ!!!
Kelsey planned and decorated her back yard( I don't call that back yard, it is a field!! )
There was trampoline, child games and more...
Evy gave a box to Gordon, for ceremony, Gordon will ware special thing!
Luke gave a box to Caleb, his brother who is one of his Groomsman
You can see, his tie, suspender and more in the box!
Evy gave Kelsey, her Bride's maid gift.
I can't wait to see their Bride's maid dress and Evy's wedding dress!!!
Family and friends gathering from far... it is so nice.
Tomorrow is the day!

# by miki3lotus | 2018-06-04 06:18 | Family

The inaugural Nu Vu festival

The Big Success for Nu Vu Festival!

Thank you so much for all who came to see and share with our artists.
These are some beautiful moments from the inaugural Nu Vu Fesitval on Thursday May 17th at LPAC Littel Theatre. And hope you will join next time if you missed it this time!!
Audience is coming in
Steven Hitt, the director of LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and curator Miki Orihara opening introduction
Opening ceremony by Kaoru Watanabe, performed Shinobue and Taiko Drum, it filled our space with beautiful sounds. Every culture and country has drum sound and dance. And so for me, dance and Drum are so
connected. So having him open our inaugural Nu Vu Festival was very special.
He put some heart beat - life in it.
For dance, we opened with a duet Sospiri by Jacqulyn Buglisi ( Buglisi Dance Theatre) Virginie Mecene and Kevin Predmore. A duet is almost like Romeo and Juliette of Argentine. When I was a young dancer, I danced Jacqulyn's work at the Graham School, when she had a baby I dance a lot of her roles in the Graham
company, and I danced in Buglisi Foreman Dance and met my husband Stephen. I learn so much dancing in her works - physically and mentally both.
Masha Dashkina Maddux made a beautiful solo First Movement, inspired by Dancing Angel foundation's
founder;s story. Real story. When I met her, she was a very young, out of college, came tin to the Graham
company, I watched how she worked and I shared a lot of with her. Now she is in North Carolina, working as
a freelance dancer, and founded Wake Forest Dance Festival which opened last year. She has a hidden drive
to make things happens.
Lisa Thurrell brought her company, Kanopy Dance Company, from Madison, WI. Excerpts from her Miserere, gave sense of inside of church, lit with candle light at LPAC Stage! I know Lisa for a long time. I am inspired by what she does with her school and company. She and her husband Robert Cleary educate dancers, parents and audiences. Give them so much opportunities to learn from many masters' work, and new masters' work and how to be a dancer, dance artist.
Charlotte Griffin's Real, Ideal danced by Calvin Bittner of Vivid Ballet. Charlotte saw something very special about Calvin, his sensitivity, wit and dreamer of him came out in this solo.
Space Between is a beautiful contemporary duet by Isaac Lerner. Danced with Marjorie Gross and Isaac himself. Both of them graduated from the Hartt School where my husband Stephen Pier is the director and I also teach at the school. Now he is choreographing for Opera Company in Iowa, his work is taking him all over.
*Space Between was made possible by the Rader Foundation for Young Artists.
I met Troy Ogilvie when she was about 13, dancing in NJ Dance Theatre Ensemble. She went to the Juilliard, she was a manor force for Gallim Dance, worked with Sleep No More and more. Now she presents solo works. She is exploring. I love watching her journey. And this work a girl by Roy Assaf is so Troy. I was so happy to present her in Nu VU Festival. I can't wait to see what she is going to next!!!
Jacqueline Dugal is one of the participants of Emerging Choreographer Series at LPAC directed by
Nicola Iervasi and Kevin Albert. I was on the panel, watched her work developed, and now ti see her finished
( or on going work!) work under was so interesting and happy to see it.
She brought 4 original dancers( Desiree Amadeo, Jessica Stroh, Louisa Pancoast and Issac Lerner)
and she herself danced in it.
With Tuce Yasak's lighting direction, it gave the idea of under water,
or under pressure, under all emotions.
*under was made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
*under was developed during Mare Nostrum Elements' Emerging Choreographer Series.
We closed our evening with Kaoru's Taiko and Shinobue.
But this time, with dancers improvised all over the theatre!
All artists come together
All artists come together.
This is what I wanted.
Old to New
New to Old
Culture to culture
Artist to artist
Dancer to dacner
Human Being to human being!!!

At the after the performance reception, we can connect many friends, family, new friends... it was a great evening. Thank you ,Stephen Pier, Brad Orego and Yurie Anai for volunteering for this festival!!!

Thank you everybody at LPAC/staff
Steven Hitt for your vision, encouragement and having us!

Now I am going to see many more dances to find dance artists for
Nu Vu Festival 2019!!!
all photo by Tokio Kuniyoshi

# by miki3lotus | 2018-05-22 06:36 | Dance

Graham Technique DVD

Dear All,

I am so happy to announced that project that I have been working on is finally out to the world. This is the first step!!!
A lot of you are wondering where to purchase this DVD and here is the information.
Please go to the to order a copy for you/your students and school library!!!

The video introduces you to the important elements of Graham technique: the contraction, release and spiral, driven by the torso and pelvis with the use to the breath and the floor. As in the typical Graham class, the exercises are divided into 3 sections: Floor Work, Standing and Across the Floor. The technique is excellent performance training - physically sound and emotionally expressive. The technique in this video was directed by Miki Orihara, a principal dancer with the Graham Company for over 27 years, and the Associate Dance Director, Susan Kikuchi, a former member of the Graham Company and Director of the Graham Ensemble and School.
The running time for the exercises is about 1 hour.
Plus there are two very enlightening sections of edited interviews of former Graham dancers giving the Essentials of the Graham Technique and their perspective on Teaching Graham.
Interviews : Robert Cohan, janet Eilber, Penny Frank, Mary Hinkson, Linda Hodes, Stuart Hodes, Peggy Lyman Hayes, Virginie Mécène, Kevin Predmore, Ethel Winter and Yuriko.

Dancers: Masha Maddux, Oliver Tobin, Lloyd Knight, Lauren Newman, Lucy Postell, Lloyd Mayor, Miki Orihara
Original Music: Rick Kivnick ( music only CD purchase )
Voice Over: Susan Kikuchi and Stephen Pier

Video Total running time: 2 hours

Film Trailer: Shortand Long


Direct Link: MGDT or Miki

Order a copy for your students and school library!


DVD $30 + Shipping and Handling
CD $15 + Shipping and Handling

# by miki3lotus | 2018-04-02 00:02 | Dance

Martha Graham Dance Technique DVD Beginner Level release reception

Release Reception @ WestBeth Martha Graham Studio
From L to R: Stephen Pier (Voice Over), Susan Kikuchi ( Associate Dance Director and Voice Over), Miki, Emi Tokunaga (former Boston Conservatory Director), Rick Kivnik ( Music composer) and Yasuko Tokunaga ( former Boston Conservatory Director and Jose Limon Dance Licensing director)
Marnie Thomas, Anna Marie Forsythe, Ellen Graff and Miki
Q&A with Dance Spotlight Producer and Director, Babette Coffey Fisch and Jeanne Suggs, Ellen, Susan and Miki
Full house audience!
Lucy in Red
My team!!!
Lucy Postell, Lauren Newman, Oliver Tobin, Miki, Keiko Voltaire, Jacqueline Bulness and Masha Maddux

It was a great evening!!!

# by miki3lotus | 2018-03-08 05:37 | Dance

Martha Graham Dance Technique DVD Beginner Level

マーサ・グラハム ダンステクニックのDVDができました。

The Martha Graham Dance Technique Beginning Level DVD is releasing tomorrow!!! I am so exited about this. This is the first technique DVD/Video from Martha Graham Center!!!



For Purchase this DVD, Please message me!
As of March 6th the video will be available by going to
But if you have any trouble, message me!!!

# by miki3lotus | 2018-03-06 15:22 | Dance

March 4th, 3:30pm at Sheen Center

My friend, Masayo Ishigure is celebrating her 25th anniversary at Sheen Center on March 4th.
I will be dancing one of the Koto work. I asked Stephen to choreograph this work on me.


# by miki3lotus | 2018-02-08 03:13 | Performing Art

Interview En L'Air by Armando Braswell

This is an interview by Armando Braswell Interview En L'air.

Armando has a series of interviews by many interesting artists. Check his site!!!

# by miki3lotus | 2018-01-17 03:08 | Dance

Premium Japan

2017年10月、このサイトの中の「海外で活躍する日本人」というコラムにて、前編、後編でインタビュー記事を載せていただきました。 全部日本語です。

# by miki3lotus | 2018-01-05 22:57 | 日常

Happy New Year: Part 2


I danced Martha's Lamentation (1930), Merce Cunningham's Scramble ( excerpt, 1967), Lar Lubovitch's North Star, 3rd Movement(1978), Shirabyoshi ( new work that I collaborated with Tanroh Ishida) and Charlotte Griffin's new work 13 Illustration: Out of Order accompanied by Senri Oe.
13 Illustration: Out of Order(TL), North Star(TR), Shirabyoshi(BL), Lamentation(BR) Photo by Antonia K. Milanda

In each work, I have so much to say but not here!!! If you are interested in, email me! miki3lotus ( at )
and please visit these two trailers!!!
Resonance II : Trailer 1
Resonance II : Trailer 2

My first one, RESONANCE traveled one more time, this time Wake Forest, North Carolina.
This was their first professional modern dance concert held at the Renaissance Center.
Also I was invited to dance at the inaugural performance of 2017 Wake Forest Dance Festival at E. Carroll Joyner Park and I congratulate my friend Masha Maddux to make her dream come true!!! It was not just a dance performance but bring all community together, and they participated and observe local and professional dancers perform and it was filled with so many people !

Play Reading
In February, I had a pleasure working with Jean Colonomos who danced with Martha Graham Dance Company in 1960's. She wrote a play The THird From the Left, based on her experience dancing Martha's Primitive Mysteries. This work is my first Martha's ballet that I danced in 1985 when I was in Graham Ensemble. A reading of this play at Westbeth, I played a Japanese dancer in this play( of course!). That was fun! I love theatre and I got to tasted it!!!

One of HIGHLIGHT of 2017 was Mexico trip. Jazz Pianist, Senri Oe and I performed at Asociación México Japonesa's Charity Concert. This year makes special year with Japanese immigration to Mexico's 120 year anniversary, and AMJ's 60 year anniversary, and All Nippon Airway ( ANA )'s celbration of starting direct service from Mexico City to Tokyo. ANA organized this cocnert with AMJ and it was huge success. I made Vals Poetico for this occasion, based on Japanese Mexican's farming experience.
During our stay in Mexico City, we visited Teotihuacan and National Museum of Anthropology. It was amazing to see the culture of Mexico and get to know about Mexico. Pyramid is simply amazing.
on top of Pyramid at Teotihuacan

92nd Y
92nd Y has a series called Fridays at Noon. In May they presented Historic and significant Solos by Women ( 1929-1970 ) and I danced Martha's Lamentation ( 1930), and at 100 year anniversary for Jean Erdman , I had a pleasure dancing her Passage (1946)(30:30- and showed Nancy Allison's film Hamadryad in which I danced in it. Jean is 101 years old and living in Honolulu, Hawaii!!
I danced broken memory live with Young Soon Kim's 2017 Wave Rising Series in July at 92nd Y too.
One more Lamentation and excerpt from Martha's Herodiade (1944) at Fridays at Noon in December. I was so happy to be a part of Expanding Universe: Ruth Page/Isamu Noguchi and Martha Graham/ Isamu Noguchi. I learn a lot about Isamu's art work and his philosophy. Dakin Hart from Noguchi Museum adn Dr. Joellen A. Meglin beautifully put this this program together with Jennifer Conley dancing Page and Graham's works. They mentioned we might do it again in April at Noguchi Museum so I am hoping i can be a part of it again!

United Nations
Japan Mission to UnitedNations is celebrating their 60th anniversary this year and started the even called " PEACE IS ...". I am still thrilled, excited and honored that I had a chance to present what I love - DANCE for it's inaugural event to people and my theme was " PEACE IS ... Harmony". Tomoko again made a beautiful short film to captured what I did. Please visit this site to see it. PEACE IS ... Harmony by Miki Orihara.
This is my team for PEACE IS ... Harmony.
Ralph Samuelson ( Shakuhachi)
Lauren Newman, Lloyd Knight, Nya Bowman and dancers from Graham II and School.

In The BOX 2
Photo by Tokio Kuniyoshi

In the BOX is a multimedia work that I started to involved and this year, we performed the second production at La MaMa Club, NYC. This time, I asked dancer friends to perform with me since Nana was having a baby. (He is so cute and hansome!!!). The Hartt Dance student, two graduates, Lauren Newman and Lloyd Knight joined me too. Directed by theatrical visual-effects specialist Hiroyuki Nishiyama( a.k.a. nissy), used cutting egde projections and animations from Japan. Performed with live music by Senri Oe. This time, In The BOX 2, I said to myself that it is ok to use what I learn from Martha's work, I tried not to use her medium but somehow I got over it! I don't know how it looked but I had a good time dancing it.

Trip to Japan
I can not close this post without talking about my Summer. It was rather cold Summer for Tokyo, but I didn't mind. I actually enjoyed it!

Seminar on modern/contemporary dance:
I was on the panel talked about Martha. Miyako Kato was the other panel who talked about Trisha Brown. I was glad to see so many people were interested to know/learn about it. Curated by Kei Yasuda of Dance Cafe.

Nagoya Workshop:
At Fusako Matsubara and Noriko Mizutani's M-deux Ballet Studio, and I taught 3 day workshop. Mutsuki made a short film called Dancer's Language, you can see how I teach. Karin Fukumi accompanied my class.

Konami Ishii and Seiko Takada:
I had a greatest time leaning two of Japan's modern dance pioneers' work this Summer. Seiko Takada was one of my dance teacher and Konami Ishii was my my mentor Yuriko's teacher. ( Yuriko is 97 years old, living in NYC) This is to prepare RESONANCE III, works of two modern dance pioneers from US and two from Japan, all from 1930's, and I will dance Yuriko's work CRY (1968). Leaning these works from Noriko Sato and my dance teacher Nanako Yamada was exciting and it was hard too. I do not want to give out any because I am planning to show it in 2018. Please look for my concert. Date is not set yet but it is coming soon.

Japan Modern Dance Association's Summer College:
This year's theme was Martha Graham. They invited Yuriko Kimura and Keiko Takeya both of them danced in MGDC. Yuriko was still dancing when I join the company and it was so nice to meet her again. Both of them talked about their relationship to Graham and her works. The last day, we had a panel discussion. I joined them on this panel.
Hakudai Yamano, Miki, Yuriko Kimura, Keiko Takeya and Shinji Nakamura ( L to R)

In 2014, I curated Dancing for JAPAN 2014 and this year, when I performed at La Guardia Performing Arts Center, the director Steven Hitt donated one day of theatre for us, so I curated Dancing for JAPAN 2017!
I had great group of dancer/dance company and Senri Oe participated, silent auction and reception. I am so happy that we donated $2000 to Katariba for focused on their activities toward art education to those who were affected by earthquake/Tsunami from 2011 and all other natural disasters. I thank all of performers, helpers,Theater technicians/LPAC Staff/donors and all who came to the benefit! This was not possible without your love!!!

and now I am excited about 2018.

I will be performing on March 4 at Masayo Ishigure's 25th Anniversary concert @ Sheen Center. I asked Stephen to choreographed on her music. Stay Tuned!!!

This Spring semester, I am setting Martha's Appalachian Spring on The Hartt Dance. This will be performed Live by Music Department. I am starting to teach in few weeks!
April 27-29, at Millard Auditorium
This concert will be a full dance concert with Appalachian Spring along side with 3 new works by Brian Arias, Claudia Schreier and Erica Nelson, and a work by Vivid Ballet's Betsy McMillan.
I can't wait! Let me know if you want to come!!!
email me!!!

Noriko Sato, Konami Ishii heir, is celebrating her 70th anniversary for her dance life. I will be joining her to celebrate it in May. Date and detail is coming soon!

Few more performance opportunities in 2018 so STAY TUNED!!!
and lastly

HAPPY 2018!!!

# by miki3lotus | 2018-01-03 06:02 | 日常


Happy New Year!

2017 was full year for me, and hope that was the same for you!

Looking back to 2017, my year was full of joy. I am so happy and thankful that I am still able to enjoy what I do. Here is some to share!

It was featured at Dance on Camera 45 at Lincoln Center, NYC.
This is a film Tomoko Mikanagi directed. She directed, filmed and edited. I have been working
with her since my first solo concert " 共鳴ーRESONANCE" in 2014, and this is our first
collaboration work. David Rosenmann-Taub's beautiful music was commissioned by Harold
Lindenthal of CORDA foundation. broken memory was also featured in NY Japan Cinefest
2017 in June, NYC and in September, Japan and Outlet Dance Project's Dance on Film Fest in October and 15th Annual 5X5 Dance Festival in CT in November.
I also danced broken memory live! At BAM Fischer with Roberto Villanueva's BalaSole Dance Company
in June and Young Soon Kim's 2017 Wave Rising Series at 92nd Y in July. It is so
nice to experience this with Film and Dance both!

MY Project!
My solo concert series is moving forward . RESONANCE II, in April it opened at LaGuardia
Performing Arts Center. I am so thankful to Steve Hitt, Director of LPAC,
to believe in me for this project and help produce this concert and gave us a chance to
raise fund for Dancing for JAPAN 2017

continue to part 2

# by miki3lotus | 2018-01-01 17:05 | 日常