Season 40: “Memory”


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Resonance III

- A Preamble and Performance of Female Dance Masters -

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Featuring Miki Orihara

Thursday, May 16, 7 PM

PIANO BY NORA IZUMI BARTOSIK

Pre-Performance guest lecture with Japanese professor of dance history

Translated by Naoko Katakami

In this solo concert, RESONANCE III, Miki Orihara will be dancing Martha Graham’s “Lamentation (1930)”, Doris Humphrey’s “Two Ecstatic Themes (1931)”, Seiko Takata’s work “Mother (1938)” Konami Ishii’s “Moon Desert (early 1930’s)” and Yuriko’s “Cry (1963)”.

Orihara will bring both American and Japanese early modern dance pioneers works and Yuriko Kikuchi’s work together to connect the lineage of her dance heritage.

Orihara studied at Takata/Yamada modern dance studio in Tokyo until she was 18, came to US, studied Limon/Humphrey, Graham, Horton, ballet, jazz as a young dancer in NY, then danced with Martha Graham for 27 years. Her mentor Yuriko Kikuchi, who is a former director of Graham Co, she studied in Japan with Konami Ishii.  Orihara will bring all of her teacher and teacher’s lineages together.


Open Class: Introductory Kyogen

Instructor: Lluis Valls

Wednesdays 4 pm - 6 pm

March 6 - April 24

thursdays 4 PM - 6 Pm

Ongoing from March 7

This introductory level class covers the foundation principals of noh and kyogen song and dance.  Each lesson begins with vocal warm up, a review of sitting, standing, posture, and walking.  Class then details exercises to increase stability, control, and expressiveness of the body.  Finally, traditional songs and dances are introduced and practiced every week.

This class is taught as an open drop-in, on-going course. Please register below if you plan to attend. All classes $10


Yugen in Action - July 26 & 27, 2019

Memory, history, and recollection are the themes of this year’s Yugen in Action showcase.  Theatre of Yugen invites artists from all around the Bay Area to present their original works on two special nights that show off the myriad ways we discover yugen across performing arts disciplines.




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