Summer part 1

After Kaatsbaan performance, SP and i went to Vermont to work with Charlotte, Ariel and Meredith.
カッツバーンの公演後、バーモント州に行ってきました。SPも一緒に。
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Here, All of us who are here to work, gather at the dinner. Cook and eat together.
Talk a lot about art, music, dance and food... and more.
ここの集まったアーティストたちは夕飯を一緒に作り、そして食卓を囲みます。音楽、ダンス、アートと、話題は尽きない。
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This is SP's project. He made a fire pit and grill!
これはSPのプロジェクト、ファイヤーピットを作って、バーベキューができるようになりました。
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Every morning, I watched this family of wild turkey passing...
毎朝通り過ぎる野生のターキー一家を見かけました。
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On the way back to NY, we stopped by William College's exhibition of "Dance We Must", Tresures from Jacob's Pillow 1906-1940. In this exhibition, they opened the tour box of Denishawn, and those pictures that I only saw in
the books, they had costumes to go with. Exciting to see the real color of those costumes.
ニューヨークへの帰り道に、ウィリアムカレッジでの "Dance We Must", Tresures from Jacob's Pillow 1906-1940
という展示を見ました。デニションカンパニーのツアースーツケースを開けての衣装、セットの展示。
白黒でしか見たことのなかった衣装、セットを目にすることができました。
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Denishawn & Men Dancing
デニション舞踊団は1920年代に帝劇にて一ヶ月公演をし、連日満員だったということです。
その時のプログラムも残っていました。
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L: Ted Shawn R: Ruth St. Denins
左はテッド・ショーン、右はルス・セント・デニスの肖像画
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Then we went to Berlin
そしてベルリンへ
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SP, Alex and I, going around Berlin. This summer, Europe is having a hot Summer!
SP、アレックスと3人で、ベルリンの街を散策。
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Visited Geoffrey!
ジェフリーと
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Harumi, Jubal, Sakurako and us
はるみちゃん、ジューボー、桜子ちゃんと
World Up, semi final...ワールドカップのセミファイナルでした。どこもかしこも人でいっぱい。
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Then I went to Paris, just out side of Paris visiting my friend's. SP went to Amsterdam.
そして、私はパリへ。パリ郊外の友達宅に。ついた日の夕焼け。
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With Silvia
シルビアと
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Makoto and Robert
まことさんとロバートと
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With Joan.
ジョーンと
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with Claire, we studied together at Alvin Ailey School in 1980!
クレアと(彼女とは1980年にアルビン・エイリーの学校で一緒でした!)
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With Catayun
カタユンと
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Taira now works at Hermes!!!
平さんと
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with Osamu, at his house at Fontainebleau
フォンテンブローの家にて治さんと
とても素敵な築140年のお家です!
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 Then Amsterdam そしてアムステルダム
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Rebecca came to meet me!
レベッカがアムステルダムまで、出てきてくれました。
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Chad and Julia    チャドとジュリア
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Ruben! ルーベン
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Andrei アンドレイ
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Mea and SP dancing for Joy!
アムステルダム最後の夜はメアのお家にて食事。SPとメアはエディーのピアノでダンス!
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Beautiful Exhibition " Classic Beauty" at Hermitage Museum
Canova's sculptures are AMAZING!!!
エルミタージュ美術館にて、「クラシック・ビューティー」
カノヴァの彫刻は素晴らしかったです。
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# by miki3lotus | 2018-07-26 21:43 | Travel

Resonance II

I premiered Resonance II in 2017.
And I performed at Kaatsbaan Intrnational Dance Center in Tivoli,NY.

2017年にResonance IIを発表。そして6月16日にカッツバーンにて公演。
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Shirabyoshi (2017)
choreographed by Tanroh Ishida and Miki Orihara

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Lamentation (1931)
Choreographed by M.Graham

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A Solo From Scramble ( 1967)
Choreographed by Merce Cunningham
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13 Illustarations out of order (2017)
Choreographed by Charlotte Griffin

I don'd have a picture of North Star from Kaatsbaan...
* * * * *

My team
私のチーム
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# by miki3lotus | 2018-07-26 20:22

The day before wedding.

Luke is getting married!
SP's nephew Luke is getting Married. He found this beautiful woman Evy,
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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.
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We got there just in time for this PARTY!
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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!!!
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Kelsey planned and decorated her back yard( I don't call that back yard, it is a field!! )
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There was trampoline, child games and more...
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Evy gave a box to Gordon, for ceremony, Gordon will ware special thing!
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Luke gave a box to Caleb, his brother who is one of his Groomsman
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You can see, his tie, suspender and more in the box!
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Evy gave Kelsey, her Bride's maid gift.
I can't wait to see their Bride's maid dress and Evy's wedding dress!!!
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Family and friends gathering from far... it is so nice.
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Tomorrow is the day!





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# 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!!
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Audience is coming in
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Steven Hitt, the director of LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and curator Miki Orihara opening introduction
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!!!
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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.
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We closed our evening with Kaoru's Taiko and Shinobue.
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But this time, with dancers improvised all over the theatre!
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All artists come together
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All artists come together.
This is what I wanted.
Connect:
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
and
Steven Hitt for your vision, encouragement and having us!

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


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# 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 www.dancespotlight.com to order a copy for you/your students and school library!!!
Enjoy!

皆様
マーサ・グラハム・ダンステクニック初級のDVDのお知らせです。
このプロジェクトには時間がかかりましたが、発売されました!
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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

Website: www.dancespotlight.com

Direct Link: MGDT or Miki


Order a copy for your students and school library!



このグラハムテクニック初級DVDは初級カリキュラムの床、センター、スタンディングの3つのエクササイズから構成されております。
テクニックの他、マーサ・グラハム舞踊団にて踊っていたダンサー、芸術監督のインタビューも入っております。
トレーラーは二つあります。
グラハムテクニックはドラマチックなテクニックと思われている方も多いと思いますが、
このDVDでは効率的そしてシンプルなテクニックを見ていただきたいと思います。
今年は2度ほど帰国いたします。購入されたい方は私まで連絡いただければ帰国の際に持って帰りますので
お知らせ下さい!



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

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# 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)
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Marnie Thomas, Anna Marie Forsythe, Ellen Graff and Miki
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Q&A with Dance Spotlight Producer and Director, Babette Coffey Fisch and Jeanne Suggs, Ellen, Susan and Miki
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Full house audience!
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Lucy in Red
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My team!!!
Lucy Postell, Lauren Newman, Oliver Tobin, Miki, Keiko Voltaire, Jacqueline Bulness and Masha Maddux
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It was a great evening!!!

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# 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。
明日発売開始!!!

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!!!

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このプロジェクトは1995年ぐらいから密かに考えていて、実際にダンサーのトレーニングを始めたのは2011年から。明日のDVD発売にいたるまで、長い話はありますが、それはゆっくり書くとします。


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!!!
取り急ぎ、ご報告まで!!!


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# 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.
琴奏者、石榑雅代さんの25週記念コンサートが3月4日にあります。
彼女の琴で、踊ります。

MCはフジテレビの久下香織子さんです。とても楽しみ!
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# 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!!!


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# 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。
よかったら覗いてみてください。



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