An annual summer tradition, Dancing at Dusk turns the spacious Friends Field into a world music dance party for children and their families. Featuring a beautiful panorama of folk dances, Sachiyo Ito and Company will introduce beginners to the delicate elegance of Japanese dance. Accompanied by traditional instruments this event is sure to intrigue and enchant.
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Founded in 1981 a performing and educational, not-for-profit organization, Sachiyo Ito and Company is dedicated to creating a bridge between East and West through artistic performances, educational and exchange programs that promote Japanese culture through the arts, particularly dance. The Company performs and teaches in versatile styles including folk dance and classical dance forms of Kabuki, Noh, Okinawan Court, and presents contemporary works choreographed by Sachiyo Ito, which preserve the aesthetic and authentic tradition of Japanese dance.
Founded in 1981, Sachiyo Ito and Company performs and teaches in versatile styles including folk and classical dance forms of Kabuki, Noh, Okinawan Court, and contemporary works.
Artistic director, Sachiyo Ito, has brought together East and West through her delicate and powerful performances of classical, traditional and contemporary Japanese dance for more than 40 years. She received the Foreign Minister’s Award from Japanese Foreign Ministry in 2008, and in 2011 received a Proclamation from the Mayor of New York City commemorating 30 years since the founding of her company. Born in Tokyo, Sachiyo Ito is an artist, choreographer, and arts educator. She has taught at major colleges such as the Juilliard School and New York University since 1972. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Dance from New York University. Ito choreographed Yeats’ Trio, Three Irish Noh Plays in Ireland as well as the New York production, And the Soul Shall Dance, Monkey Music at the La Mama Theatre, and the Off-Broadway productions of Shogun Macbeth, Dojoji: the Man Inside the Bell. She was the Kabuki consultant for the Off-Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures.
The Company has performed at the Japan Society, Asia Society, and Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, in Washington DC among others. Established as a school of various forms of Japanese dance in New York City, the company offers school residency, Japanese Culture Through Dance, which brings the arts of Japan into the classroom; workshops that acquaint students with Japanese dance and full concerts. Also, the Company has offered the Salon Series, an ongoing series of informative lecture-demonstrations and performances on the performing arts of Japan three times a year for 19 years.