Written by Sarah Swann
Willimantic, CT -- The Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company will perform some of their dance pieces at 3 p.m. on May 5 at Eastern Connecticut State University in the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center. The public is invited. Admission is free.
The Saeko Ichinohe Dance Co. merges traditional Japanese movement, music and costumes with Modern Western movement. The dance company has three goals: 1) incorporate rich, historical traditions into contemporary Western Dance; 2) to inspire mutual understanding between diverse peoples and cultures through dance; and 3) nourish the heart, mind and soul through superb dance programs which bring joy and wonder to audiences of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.
The dance company has performed at numerous educational events in the U.S. and abroad. The group has been featured on television shows such as "Good Day New York" and WPIX's "Best Talk." The dancers also have reached out to the community by performing in projects such as Dance Responds to Aids, Fulbright International Youth Conference and the Memorial Performance of Sept. 11, 2001.
Saeko Ichinohe, a native of Japan and a graduate of the Juilliard School, is the founder of the dance company. She is the first Japanese choreographer to win a choreographic prize in the U.S. and to create works for American ballet companies.