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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

miki3lotus(at)gmail.com



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