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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.....


??? 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!


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!!!


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













Stay safe & Stay well!!!



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




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!!!






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

Happy Mother's Day!

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click to see About Resonance III

A year ago today I premiered Resonance III at LPAC

With this Pandemic lock down, it is hard to believe it was only a year ago today. I had a great time with this Resonance III.

I appreciated so much that Steven Hitt and LaGuardia Performing Arts Centerpresented this wonderful program of American and Japanese Mothers of modern dance works along side with my mentor Yuriko's work. Yuriko is 100 !!! She is a strong lady, Stephen and I talked to her this afternoon and wish a Happy Mother's Day! and tomorrow is Martha's Birthday!

Happy All Mother's Day!!!

1年前の今日、ソロ公演の第3弾、RESONANCE IIIをラガーディアパフォーミングアーツセンターにて発表させていただきました。1年前とは思えないほど、長く感じ、そして今の状況から考えると夢のような時だったと思います。


Tomoko Mikanagi, a talented videographer, has been filming my solo concerts in 2014, 2017 and this time. This time, she made a very beautiful film to introduce Resonance III. What she captured in here is so incredible that I want you all to watch before you watch the concert.


I am extremely happy about this. My teachers from US, Japan are coming all together for me. Japan Foundation's Tour Grant made possible for me to have Nanako Yamada (my immediate dance teacher from my youth) and Yasuko Kataoka (THE scholar of Dance History in Japan) to come to US from Tokyo, presented workshops and lectures on the subject:

A DIALOGUE BETWEEN AMERICAN AND JAPANESE MODERN DANCE. Resonance III travelled New York, Hartford(CT), San Fransicso(CA) and Vancouver(Canada). I am grateful that Jacob's Pillow's Norton Owen joined us for lectures in East Coast!


I am very thankful for Janet Eilber ( Artists Director of Martha Graham Dance Company) for permission, and LPAC to help stream my concert. I hope watching this makes interests on our "not too old" Dance History and to know we inherited this beautiful treasure!!!


I thank other support from All Nippon Airways, Hiroshi Masuyama – MAM Foundation, The Hartt School (University of Hartford), The Barnard College, RIOULT Dance Center, Theatre of Yugen, Vancouver Civic Theatres and Dezza Dance.

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RESONANCE III (click title to watch)

Works of American and Japanese Modern Dance Pioneers

Nora Izumi Bartosik, Piano

Miki Orihara, Dance

SEIKO TAKATA 1895-1977

MOTHER (1938) US Premier



KONAMI ISHII 1905-1978

Moon Desert (Early 1930’s) US Premier

This is Teen-ager Yuriko when she lived in Japan, danced Konami Ishii's MOON DESERT
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YURIKO 1920-

THE CRY(1963)

Please visit RESONANCE III site for detailed credit.

Venues we visited: In order of performance/workshop/lecture

The Hartt School Dance Division, University of Hartford, Barnard College, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, RIOULT Dance Center, Theatre of Yugen(SF,CA) and Vancouver Civiv Thatres(Canada) with DEZZA DANCE

Cover photo designed by Nobue Hirabayashi-Mt.DESIGN

# by miki3lotus | 2020-05-11 07:43 | Performing Art

SPRING May is here

May is here!

It is still quite cold but you can sense SPRING is all around.
Since Mid March, we are in “shelter in place” and staying home all day and all night. I only go out to do food shopping. I hear some disturbing news about Asian Hate Crime, so I usually go to shopping with my bike. Then I don’t need to carry heavy things on my shoulder!!!


This semester WAS full with projects.

miki as a bride in Martha Graham's Appalachian Spring Photo by John Deane

<Appalachian Spring>
Beside teaching at my regular classes at Martha Graham School and The Hartt School Dance Division, I was setting Martha’s 1941 ballet “Appalachian Spring” at SUNY Purchase College. I danced followers for … may be about 10 years and then moved on to Bride – Martha’s roll for … close to 15 years. I love every single part about this ballet!!!
Dancers at Purchase were working so hard, I had 2 complete casts and few more understudy for each part. Each one of them gave so much to this dance, and you can tell they were enjoying it and it was so beautiful! 


<The Beautiful Lady>
Anne Bogart invited me to choreograph La Mama production of the Beautiful Lady by Elizabeth Swados. I love Anne, I love working with Anne, and this opportunity came! When I visited SITI Company in Saratoga one year, there was a workshop by Elizabeth Swados. I had no idea what kind of workshop she will be giving. And it was eye opener! What an interesting person. So I immediately said YES. BUT this semester is bit full, so I sent her my schedule hoping she would say yes even it is VERY TIGHT! And YES came!!! We met, talked about it, started to research about the era and listening music and started to imagine what kind of movement would be nice… etc. La Mama is hoping to do this work sometime in the future! so keep your eyes open!

ニューヨークはイーストビレッジにある前衛演劇、舞台で知られるラ・ママ劇場主催で数年前に亡くなったエリザベス・スエイドースさんの作品「The Beautiful Lady」をSITI Co.のアン・ボガートさん演出で四月からリハーサルが始まるところでした。 スエイドースさんのワークショップをとる機会が一度ありましたが、

<NuVu Festival>

NuVu Festival 2020 Participants designed by Mt.Design - Nobue Hirabayashi

I am a director and curator of NuVu Dance Festival. Festival started in 2018 at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and 2020 season was scheduled on April 16 & 17. I was very happy to have many inspiring artists on this year, and was very much looking forward to share the performance together.
“LPAC in Your Living Room” is streaming 2018 NuVu Festival right now, and will be streaming 2019 NuVu Festival the second week of May. We are planning to have Instagram Live chat with participating artists from 2018, 2019 and 2020!
Stay Tuned!!!

2018年に始まったNuVu Dance Festival.
東北大地震の後、Dancing for JAPANというベネフィットコンサートを2014&2017に開催した。その時の私の考えは、初めは日本人で、ニューヨークをベースにして頑張っているアーティストたちのことをこちらの観客に知ってもらいたい。(2014)私のダンス仲間たちに賛同してもらってベネフィットコンサート、長年ダンサーとして踊ってきて今振り付けを始めた友達、自分のカンパニーを持っている友達、フリーランスでプロのダンスアーティスト、振付師と色々な友達に出てもらった。それを見たラ・ガーディアパフォーミングアーツセンターのディレクターがフェスティバルをたちあげないかと。私の知り合いでこのフィールドで頑張っているアーティストたちに発表の場を一つでも多く渡したいという思い、そしてバジェットは少ないものの、それは全部アーティストに渡すという決め事で始めた!劇場のディレクターは今年からバジェットを倍にしてくれて、そして2日間の公演にもしてくれた!喜んでいた矢先にロックダウン。。。
劇場は18年と19年のストリーミングをやることになり、もう直ぐ発表です!是非みてください!!!LPAC in Your Living Roomです!

<Hartt Dance>
Hartt Dance – Spring Concert was scheduled on April 24-26.
This year’s program including Balanchine, Lar Lubovitch and José Limón, new works by Francesca Harper and Sarkis Kaltakchian. I was very much looking forward to see this concert since dancers looked SO GOOD in each work. It will be an amazing concert! That is my quote! They, so far moved this concert to next one in December 2020. So come join us!!!
In the mean time, the school is going on with remote classes. Stephen and I are teaching from our living room/dance studio everyday. ONLINE Teaching is challenging but getting used to it.
This challenging time, we are learning NEW THINGS. We all, students & teachers both. We are learning from the same place. It is a great opportunity to share!!!

Dancers and Faculty got together to make this wonderful short film called:

And there are few new possibilities arise!!! I could teach without going back to Japan! So I am actually thinking about it. So if you have good idea and/or you are interested, let me know!!!

Graham 1 class, I had Lloyd Knight and Aoi Sato (Martha Graham Dance Company) taking my class!

Stephen is teaching online - Men's stretch class


<Woman in the Cabinet>
This is a movie by Craig Webster. I was casted as a leading woman in this movie. I don’t want to give you too much since it will be a great surprise! But it is based on a true story that this woman lived in some one’s home- closet in one room. It happened in Fukuoka (Kyushu Island) a while ago. My mother is from Fukuoka, and this woman was 58 years old and I am the same age. So I felt like I am connected to her. We were planning to film in May but now it is postponed… don't’ know when yet…


Rehearsal/training sessions with Susan Kikuchi and I

<Martha Graham Dance Technique Level 2>
Susan Kikuchi and I were training dancers for our second video. This time we have 13 dancers. Dancers from our first video, and some company dancers, former company dancers, dancers from school, from teen’s program alumni … It was going so well and now suspended… I am gathering them together on Saturday and ZOOM-ing to get together but it’s not same. Dance is so “HANDS ON” and we have to learn how to do this!!!
Also our Martha Graham Dance Technique Level 1 is now on Vimeo on Demand! You can buy it and watch it anytime!!!


<Jacob’s Pillow FestivalJosé Limón Dance Company>
Stephen and I danced with Limón Company last year at the Joyce Theatre, and they were going to Jacob’s Pillow this Summer – Summer Festival. I was so looking forward to this since Stephen and I don’t dance together anymore- since we teach a lot but not dance together… only occasional thing. So I don’t know when is our next time dancing together. We just have to make something together. That might be good…

スティーブンと一緒に踊る機会はあまりなく、昨年ホセ・リモン舞踊団のジョイス劇場での公演の際にゲスト出演しましたが、その同じ作品をこの夏に踊る予定でした。Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festivalはとても素敵な、由緒あるダンスフェスティバル、そしてダンスキャンプ。マーサの先生である、テッド・ショーンとルス・セントデニスのデニショーンもここから。夏のフェスティバル全部キャンセルとなり、ダンス界は皆がっかりしております。

<The Perpetuum Mobilé Festival , Brussels, Belguim>
I was asked to go to Brussels to teach at this festival. Teach technique, some lecture demonstration and talk with dancers. Belgium ordered no event/gathering until the end of August because of this pandemic. So they could not have this festival, postponed to next year. So I will go next year!!! I will let you know!


 * * * * * * * * * *
So, we are in the middle of quarantine.
Stephen and I participated few things together. Yes we danced(moved…) together. Our dear friend Lukas Timulak gathered short video from all over the world to put this together, “HOPE” please go to vimeo to see it!!!
And can you see where we are in this film???


from Make-Move-Think | Lukas Timulak on Vimeo.

Last year today a young and talented Tomoko Mikanagi came from Japan to film NuVu Fetival and my third solo concert RESONANCE III. And tomorrow last year, I was anxiously waiting for my dance teacher Nanako Yamada and Yasuko Kataoka to arrive from Japan. They helped my dream come true.
It was captured beautifully by Tomoko and it’s all in here:

About Miki Orihara “Resonance III"

昨年の今日はNuVu Festivalと私のソロ公演第3弾のResonance III(@LPAC)が始まるために日本から御巫朋子さんが、そして公演の時にワークショップとレクチャーをしていただくために山田奈々子先生と片岡康子先生、お二人が日本からきていただきました。ワークショップではダルクローズの20ジェスチャーと高田せい子先生の「母(1938)」これは私の公演で踊る作品の一つを、レクチャーではモダンダンスの初期の頃のアメリカと日本のパイオニアについてお話ししていただきました。Jacob's Pillowのアーカイビストのノートン・オーウェン氏にも一緒に!!!(アーカイビストとしては彼は第一人者です。)コネチカットのハートスクール、ニューヨークのバーナード大学RIOULT Dance Center、サンフランシスコのTheatre of Yugen にてのワークショップ・レクチャーでは皆楽しんでそして歴史を学んでもらえました。もちろん踊りの方も!!!




Stay Home, Stay Healthy and don't forget your smile!!!


# by miki3lotus | 2020-05-02 02:50 | 日常

Happy Holidays! 2019 / 2020

Happy Holidays!

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2019 was amazing year for me. Started out very busy with my third solo concert series, RESONANCE III.

I am so grateful for LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Steven Hitt and Japan Foundation for supporting

my idea of bringing American and Japanese modern dance pioneers together,

and possible to invite my childhood dance teacher Nanako Yamada and Yasuko Kataoka( the scholar )

from Japan was my dream come true.

Researching and finding out what those pioneers did and learning Dalcroze's 20 gestures were wonderful

experience and working with Japanese American Pianist Nora Izumi Bartosik gave such a beautiful merging

experience for my performances. We travelled San Fransisco and Vancouver, Canada together and

we had a great responses!!!

NuVu Festival

We had a great artists for our second festival this year.

I sent earlier about our accomplishment and please look for our announcement for the third one.

Coming soon!!!

José Limón Dance Company

Stephen and I guested at their Joyce Theater season, danced company's artistic director Colin Connor's work

"The Weather in the Room", we had a great time dancing together. It's been a long time!!!

And we will join them for their Jacob's Pillow Festival Season in July 2020!

Then Summer, I went to Berlin, Germany to join DANCE ON PROJECT.

Danced Merce Cunningham's work " STORY" ( originally 1963 and this time is called "BERLIN STORY").

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I had a great time learning Merce's technique and work. I studied at his studio a little when I was young and

now I see so much similarity and difference in his technique. Interesting to experience how he took Graham

technique and Ballet technique to make his own. It was a greatest experience!!! I will be joining them Fall 2020!

So Stay Tuned!!!


I had a pleasure setting Martha's "Chronicle" on the Hartt School Dance Division. I was amazed how these

young dancers danced so beautifully and strongly! They danced Bournonville's Napoli on point! and barefoot

Chronicle too! wow... some audience comments described so beautifully so please check here!

I think I did a lot...

and 2020!

Beside my regular teaching at the Hartt School and Graham School, I will be working on:

April 16 & 17: NuVu Festival #3 @ LPAC

April 24-26: Hartt Dance Spring

May/June: Filming for "Woman in a Cabinet" directed by Craig Webster

June: filming Martha Graham Dance Technique Level 2 -DVD

August: Invited to teach at the Perpetuum Mobile

(Dance Festival in Brussels)

Fall: Dance On Project

And more...I am excited about something but not concrete yet so I will let you all know!!!

I should not push too much but I am so excited about all of them!!!

2020 is a Golden Rat year. I am not sure what it is but I think it is a great year for all of us!!!

# by miki3lotus | 2019-12-27 06:38 | Performing Art

NuVu Festival - RESONANCE III - Limón Dance Company at the Joyce

Thank you for supporting NuVu Festival,Resonance III and
Limon Dance Company season at the Joyce Theatre.

was a huge success. I had 6 duets and 1 group work, including
Paul Taylor’s “Duet from LENTO” which was revived recently for
Taylor 2 dancers Rei Akazawa and Irving Amigon.
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Rei Akazawa and Irving Amigon dancing P.Taylor's "Duet from LENTO"
©︎Tokio Kuniyoshi

Please visit NuVu Festival to see all other artists and their works.
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NuVu Festival 2019 Participants and my team ©︎Tokio Kuniyoshi

They are wonderful artists that I have been watching their works over many years. For NuVu Festival 2020, I am starting to look different artists. If you have any artists who you think I should contact, let me know!

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Graphic design by Nobue Hirabayashi

it was my dream come true.

Bringing American and Japanese modern dance pioneers works
together with Yuriko’s work was amazing experience.
Four works from 1930’s were very interesting to explore,
style of each artists were very different,
but how to approach these dances
- how i was coached by artists who danced -
were all from the same place
"Inner self"

Sometimes you forget this because you are busy thinking about
how to achieve the movements or positions, how to dance.
Each time I was reminded --- “Don’t dance”.
REVIEW by Christine Jowers - Dance Enthusiasts
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Nora playing for Resonance III ©︎Tokio Kuniyoshi

I had great time with an American Japanese pianist
Nora Izumi Bartosik for this journey!!! Thank you!

My immediate dance teacher from my youth, Nanako Yamada
who came to share her knowledge of
Dalcroze 20 Gestures were amazing to learn.
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Nanako Yamada teaching Dalclroze 20 gestures

I think I now know the gestures so I could explore with it.
Participants expressed they had a great time leaning it and leaning
a part of Seiko Takata’s “Mother”(1938).
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Yasuko Kataoka's short talk about Seiko Takata and Konami Ishii ©︎Tokio Kuniyoshi

Lectures from Yasuko Kataoka(the dance scholar/professor from Japan) and Norton Owen (Jacob’s Pillow - director of preservation) were great
to know what was happening in America and Japan during 1920-1950.

Q&A after the performance, L to R - Miki, Steven Hitt( LPAC)
Norton Owen(Jacob's Pillow) Yasuko Kataoka and Julien Frei(Translator) ©︎Tokio Kuniyoshi

They showed very rare films and pictures so that we can see and
compare two countries. I learn a lot and would like to learn more
about it. Our dance history is a new history that if we don’t do
anything, it will go under the grave so even just a small area,
our generation need to share to younger generation.

This concert was inspired by my mentor Yuriko.
Going thru her passage, and danced her work was hard but satisfying.
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"The Cry"( 1963) by Yuriko ©︎Tokio Kuniyoshi

“The Cry” - she made this work to experience the universal idea of the cry.
As she told me, every time I danced, I let the cry to take over. I had great experience.

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Yuki Nakase ( Lighting designer) ©︎Tokio Kuniyoshi

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Maxine Glorsky (Production Stage Manager) ©︎Tokio Kuniyoshi

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"Mother" (1938) by Seiko Takata ©︎Tokio Kuniyoshi

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"Two Ecstatic Themes" (1931) by Doris Humphrey ©︎Tokio Kuniyoshi

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"Moon Desert"(early 1930's) by Konami Ishii ©︎Tokio Kuniyoshi

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"Lamentation" (1930) by Martha Graham ©︎Tokio Kuniyoshi

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Mr. Matsumoto ( the Japan Foundation), Miki , Nanako Yamada and Julien Frei ( translator but he is also a dancer!)

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The dancers from Graham School and Stephen Pier
(Yejin, Nikki, Aoi, Yui, Tanguy and Ty- former Hartt School from Graham 2)
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Bin Bin Factory( Satoshi Haga and Rie Fukuzawa), Yasuko Kataoka, Nanako Yamada, Mr. Matsumoto and miki ©︎Tokio Kuniyoshi

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Yuki Nakase, Yasuko Kataoka, Sumie Yonei(Front L), Nanako Yamada, Jacqui Dugal, Erico Platt,
Minako Ando, dancers from Nanako's studio and miki ©︎Tokio Kuniyoshi

I took this production to
Theatre of YUGEN in San Francisco, CA and Vancouver,Canada.

Theatre of YUGENhosted our production- a master class and RESONANCE III with short lecture.
Desirée Dumber, the founder/choreographer/dancer of DEZZA DANCE invited RESONANCE III
to be performing with her production Deep Roots. Nora and I had a great time performing at
Annex Theater with her company.

We were welcomed by her Collaborative Creative Dance 55+ Group and gave a workshop.
To watch our workshop and rehearsal video, please visit DEZZA DANCE and RESONANCE III

dancing with my husband Stephen Pier was so nice. We didn’t dance for a long time
and it was great going back to the Joyce Theater with him, especially with Limón Dance Company,
Stephen was a soloist before he left for Hamburg Ballet( Germany) and
Royal Danish Ballet( Copenhagen,Denmark). We danced with Buglisi/Foreman Dance
(now Buglisi Dance Theatre) was the last time we danced together at the Joyce
when he was teaching at the Juilliard School until he became
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Colin Conner's "The Weather in the Room"
Miki and Stephen ©︎Christopher Jones

We were so happy that were captured by Christopher Jones and Tokio Kuniyoshi

I would love to take RESONANCE III to Japan and other places, I would like to make indigo or Kickstarter
to raise some funds sometime soon. Also we are still open to receive
some tax deductible donation through LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.

Tax deductible contribution made out to

"FH LaGuardia Community College AUX Corporation”, (memo: Miki Orihara) will be gratefully accepted.

For address - please contact


RESONANCE - kyomei.info(at)gmail.com

NuVu Festival - nuvufest(at)gmail.com

Thank you very much for reading and your support!!!

The Japan Foundation Tour Grant 2018/2019 and
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center made possible for us to take
this production to The Hartt School, Barnard College,
RIOULT Dance Center, Theatre of Eugene(SF, CA) and
Vancouver, Canada( Annex Theater with DEZZA DANCE).
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I would love to make two more stops ( Madison, WI and Tivoli, NY)
before this grant expires… I am working on it!

Stay tuned!!!

# by miki3lotus | 2019-06-06 06:33 | Performing Art


I have been performing my solo concert series since 2014.
And Iam very happy to present my first production of 共鳴ーResonance (premiered 2014)
at Warwick Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday 16 February 2019.
It is about 2 hours away from NYC. If you live near, or you can take a bus from Port Authority!!!


In 2014, I first started this solo concert series. I have the idea of 5 concerts to full fill my plan.

In 2013, my mentor Yuriko, received the Foreign Minister's Commendation from the Japanese
government, recognized for her outstanding achievements in the field of dance and for her
contribution to relations between Japan and the United States.
Through dance she promotes culture exchanges and inspires collaborations between
different American dance companies, cultural institutions, and government agencies.

Yuriko was born in San Jose, California.
Her father passed away with the break of flu. Her mother sent her to Japan to avoid her catching
this flu. During her time in Japan, she studied with one of the Japanese's pioneer of modern dance,
Konami Ishii. With Konami, she learn and danced "Dance Poem".

Came back to US after Yuriko finished her school in Japan, then WWII started. She was sent to the internment camp in Arizona. She started to teach dance to women and children in the camp,
and formed a company to perform. This company was the only people allowed to go out side
from the camp to perform!

After WWII, Yuriko decided to come to NY. She was working as a seamstress to make living.
Then she went to Martha Graham studio to take class - there are many interesting story
but I am making it very short. After a short while, she was invited to join the company.
Martha creates her works by using her dancers. Yuriko was very influential to Martha.
There are many works that she created movements which I learn during my time
in Graham company.

I met Yuriko in 1981.
My nick name was "Graham cracker" at the Ailey school.
After finishing my scholarship from the school, I could not get another year because
President changed and government change the regulation for international students changed -
No scholarships to international students!
So I was going back to Japan. During my scholarship year, I didn't see much performances,
since I was taking 4-5 classes everyday, i was so tired... So I decided to stay few more months
before I head back to Japan. I took classes, went to see everything possible
- musicals, theatre, dance, and music.

The last thing I was going to do before I leave, was taking Peggy Lyman and Peter Sparling's
workshop at Kazuko Hirabayashi Studio. There was an audition to get in, they only take
15 dancers to this class. Somehow I passed!!! And I learn so much in this workshop.
Peggy said to us in the end of this workshop, "there will be an audition - Graham company and
school, you all should go and try". So I went too!!! At the door, there was a receptionist,
he looked at me and said "do you have a green card? are you an American?" I didn't even know
what was "green card" so i said "no i don't have, and I am Japanese" then he told me,
" you can not take this audition".
I was shocked... oh well... one thing that I thought America is very open
but not really... it is very limited...
That moment Peggy came down from upstairs, saw me and asked why I am not changed. I told her, and she said to the receptionist " She is ok to take this audition" and said to me " go change!"
So I did. Changed and took this audition.
After the audition, I was told, since I am not an American, they are not able to take me as a scholarship student but if I am interested to come to the school. Then I thought,

I have to call my parents. Collect call to let them know I will stay another year.
My mother was very cool but my father was " I thought you are coming back...". He was very
disappointed by my demand... But he was happy that I wanted to stay to study little more
- - - -well this little more became over ALMOST 40 years now...

So I went to the Graham school.
316 East 63rd Street Studio.

I was told to take Yuriko's class. But she was not teaching regular classes but only for 1 or 2
weeks workshop. Then her workshop happened. The second day, she looked at me said
"are you Japanese?" and I said "yes". Then she started to talk to me in Japanese!!!
Then all students became so nice even though those who stepped on me, or elbowed me!!!
They were wondering what she is saying to me. I was just taking everything possible and it was
so much fun. I had a greatest time learning so much.

Then Yuriko became my NY mother, and her family became my NY family.
Her husband Charlie always asked me what I am doing, when I have some questions he
helped me to think differently and he wrote so many letters to my parents to allow me to
study one more year, and that kept on going... for few years... Her daughter Susan is like
my cousin. We became parters for our DVD project to create Martha Graham Dance technique
video, we released the first level in 2018, and now working on the next level.
To be continued...

# by miki3lotus | 2019-02-14 14:10 | Performing Art

2018 Happy Holidays!

2018 Happy Holidays!_b0069951_04592630.png
December is a great month!
A lot of exciting energies are around.
Hope you are encountering healthy and happy December!

I want to let you know some exciting things that I am involving with.
First of all, my festival and third solo concert’s date is set.


NuVu Dance Festival
I am curating this dance festival with some idea behind.
Thursday May 2nd

Friday May 10
Details are coming later!
But I am extremely excited about this concert. I will be dancing Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Seiko Takata( my teacher), Konami Ishii( my mentor Yuriko’s teacher) and Yuriko’s work. This concert will show my background of American and Japanese modern dance, I will be very sore but I am so happy to be able to do this. Also my immediate teacher Nanako Yamada and a scholar Yasuko Kataoka are coming fro Japan to give lecture/panel discussion and master class workshops. In this workshops, Nanako will teach Dalcrose’s 20 gestures and/or “Mother” by Seiko.

from L to R, Martha, Doris, Seiko and Konami

Both are at La Guardia Performing Arts Center( LPAC ) in Long Island City.
It is very easy to get to!!!
31-10 Thomson Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101
( 718) 482-5151

I will take Resonance III to Vancouver (Sunday May 19th) and San Francisco and Madison, WI and more.

2019 will be a very interesting year for me. I will be involved with “Dance On” Project in Berlin Germany, Nu Vu Dance Festival and Resonance III. I will let you know the detail bit before each project.

Have a great Holiday Season!

* * * * *
Just a little of me~~~
My story was in Brighthouse Financial’s “Pursuing Passion”
Brighthouse site or Youtube

# by miki3lotus | 2018-12-19 05:01

Maria Horss


I posted in September 2006 when I danced Medea at Acropolis, Greece.
I met this lady right after the performance.
There is another Asian dancer so when she looked at me, I told her " I danced Medea"
since the other dancer danced lead in other dance.
She replied, "I know you danced Medea. I know the Dance. You are very good. Remember that."
Today, I connected a Greek friend on Facebook and I ask her about this lady.
My friend told me :
She was a very famous choreographer and musician!
She was the one who always choreographed the Olympic Flame ceremony in ancient Olympia!
She was one of the most famous choreographers and dancers of her generation!!!

So, I wanted to remember her so I will post this.
R.I.P. Maria Horss
I wish i had more times to meet her and learn from her...
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Maria Horssという方だそうです。ギリシャで、一番有名な振付師だったそうです。



Maria Horss, who took part in the first Olympic flame lighting ceremony in Olympia in 1936 and was its choreographer for more than 40 years, recently passed away, according to the Greek Olympic Committee.

She was 94 years old and the last surviving “priestess” from the 1936 ceremony, according to Greek reports and insidethegames.

Horss was a young teen when she first associated with the Olympics in the lighting ceremony for the Berlin 1936 Games, the first to incorporate the torch relay.

She directed the artistic presentation of the ceremony from 1964 through 2006.

# by miki3lotus | 2018-12-17 06:45 | People

Summer 2018 and beyond

Summer 2018 and beyond

Summer was quite busy for me this year.
After "Resonance II" at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center
,Stephen and I went to Vermont working with Charlotte Griffin. Working on a new project!
Vermont is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Then went to Berlin to visit friends, Paris to teach & meet more friends, and Amsterdam to meet Stephen and more friends!
L: Harumi, Sakurako, Jubal & Alex
R: "Graham for Europe" classes at Studio Harmonic

In August, I performed with Shiro Otake( Argentine Guitar), Stephen choreographed on Miyavi’s We Are The Others with Shiro’s arrangement at Japanese Ambassador to the UN’s residence in NYC. It was the finale of “Peace is … “event in thie season and it was called “ Peace is …Imagination”.
国連日本政府代表部の国連加入記念イベント"Peace is ..." は一度閉じることになり、最後は別所大使のレジデンスで行われ、私とアルゼンチンギターの大竹史郎さん、そしてSPの振り付けで踊りました。MIYAVIのWe are the othersという曲を大竹さんのアレンジです。

"Peace is ... Imagination"

Then I went to Tokyo.
Taught 3 day intensive at Japan Women’s College of Physical Education which I thought I would pass out… and few more one day workshops.

I performed Martha Graham’s Lamentation in Yokohama, along side with Megumi Nakamura and Yasuyuki Shuto, Japan’s well know dance artists. It is so nice to work with mature artists!!!
L:Megumi and R: Yasuyuki
This performance was the 20th anniversary of Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall - and since Lamentation is one of my favorite work of Martha’s and dancing this solo in Japan was quite big for me to achieve.

Back to US, I went to LA to work with LA Dance Project. Half of the company members are former students of Stephen so I knew them well so that was so nice to work with them on Martha’s work.
アメリカに戻り、すぐにロスに行きLA Dance Project のリハーサルに行きました。メンバーのはんぶんはSPの生徒だったダンサーたちで、楽しいリハーサルでした。彼らがマーサの作品をどう踊るのかも。

October was busy month. I was one of three visiting artists at UC Irvine’s
Cultural Resonance in Contemporary Bodies.
I danced Shirabyoshi and Lar Lubovitch’s solo from North Star.

I went to Berlin for audition/workshop in October. I will let you know all about this project! I am very excited about it.

And this weekend, I am visiting Columbus OH to attend the opening of
“Generations of Art: The Sunami Family” at Columbus Cultural Arts Center.

You have seen this Japanese photographer Soichi Sunami’s work for sure. He worked with many artists in NYC in 1920-40’s including Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Denis, Doris Humphrey, Agnes de Mille and Martha. Some Japanese/Taiwanese Modern dancers too!!!

A few of Martha’s early dances was captured by him. I set her work called Heretic in which he took many pictures of and my friend Laura Puscas and her company ( Columbus Modern Dance Company) will dance Heretic in front of his pictures!!! With live piano accompaniment by Mariko Kaneda.


If you are in Columbus OH , check this exhibition! Sunami’s world is quite amazing!!!
May be see you there!!!

AND my Berlin Adventure will come soon!
Love to you all,

PS: Thank you for those of you who watched streaming of Hartt Dances this Fall. It was very special performances.

Upcoming events

Columbus Cultural Arts Center
November 30, 2018 - January 5, 2019
Opening Reception:
Friday, November 30 | 6-9 pm

139 W. Main Street
Columbus OH 43215
Mon 1pm-4pm , 7pm-10pm
Tue-Thu 9am-4pm , 7pm-10pm
Fri-Sat 9am-4pm
Sun Closed

# by miki3lotus | 2018-11-27 13:10 | 日常