Dancing for JAPAN 2014

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The Benefit Dance Concert for the Tohoku Pacific earthquake and Tsunami Relief on May 7th.

http://mikioriharasoloconcert-resonance.org/benefit.html

I’ve been asking myself, as a Japanese national living overseas, how to really help them. Hopefully this benefit concert presented by both established and emerging Japanese dance artists from New York will convey the love and support to the devastated victims.

Furthermore this benefit concert will help create support by having the participating Japanese artists display their work and share their sorrows and hope for the victims. This would be so meaningful for us as Japanese artists living in New York to unite our hands and spread the word across the world.

I will present a silent auction with this benefit concert in May 7th 2014, and the profits from this event will be contributed to Japan through NPO JaNet Earthquake Relief Fund*.

April 2014    Miki Orihara

Supermodel Helena Christensen stars as ballet teacher in the new Oh Land music video

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Before she came to public attention as the ethereal electro-pop siren Oh Land, the Danish musician Nanna Fabricius was a small-town girl who dreamed of becoming a ballerina. She left home for Stockholm at age 15 to pursue those ambitions until a back injury ended her career. Still, she often dreams about her first creative pursuit. An actual dream, in fact, inspired her new music video for “Cherry on Top,” a twinkling ballad on her 2013 album “Wish Bone,” produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. In it, she went into a dance studio — only to discover that she wasn’t a dancer, she was a piano player. The dream seemed an apt expression for the song, which, she explains, is about “taking off the blinders and seeing the world all around you.”

The video, which premieres here, is a dreamlike fantasia, shot at the Alvin Ailey Dance School and featuring a bevy of child dancers and the model Helena Christensen. In it, Fabricius plays a substitute piano teacher at the dance studio. By choosing that role, she says, she felt she was closing the book on her past. “Since I’ve stopped dancing I’ve had so many dreams about being a dancer and being in the classroom again,” she explains. “But this one was a personal breakthrough in a way, because even in my subconscious I didn’t consider myself a dancer anymore.”

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Merce Cunningham Day

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Today is Merce Cunningham Day and I will be celebrating the life of the dancer and choreographer all day on this blog post with continuous updated. Please bookmark and follow if you love modern ballet.

Here is the first video segment:




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Baryshnikov Plans Fund-Raising for Cage and Cunningham

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Mikhail Baryshnikov, the founder and artistic director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center, is opening a campaign to raise $1 million for artistic fellowships named for the composer John Cage (1912-92) and the choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009). The effort, to be announced on Thursday, is intended to give artists a place to work, specifically in Studio 6A, a 43-square-foot top-floor space at the Baryshnikov Center in Midtown Manhattan. The room, which is column free with a glorious view of the Hudson River, is to be called the John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio. Mikhail Baryshnikov, the founder and artistic director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center, is opening a campaign to raise $1 million for artistic fellowships named for the composer John Cage (1912-92) and the choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009). The effort, to be announced on Thursday, is intended to give artists a place to work, specifically in Studio 6A, a 43-square-foot top-floor space at the Baryshnikov Center in Midtown Manhattan. The room, which is column free with a glorious view of the Hudson River, is to be called the John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio. [Source]

Reiko Hombo in New York City

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HE’S a New York City policeman who’s seen it all before but, even so, dancer Reiko Hombo‘s airborne assault was an arresting sight. Hombo, a senior artist with the Australian Ballet, was on a high after her opening night performance at New York City’s Lincoln Centre: “I’ve just come off stage and I can’t wipe the smile from my face. I feel so lucky to be dancing in New York.” [Source]