Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company Performs

Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company

Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company
Friday, December 1, 2006
Titsworth Lecture Hall
7 p.m.

The Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company, a performance group working towards cultural understanding, is coming to Sarah Lawrence College on December 1 to present a lecture and demonstration on dance based on the Japanese masterpiece “The Tale of Genji” by Murasaki Shikibu. The lecture-demonstration performance will take place at 7 p.m. in Titsworth Lecture Hall. For more information, please call 914-395-2412.

According to Saeko Ichinohe, founder and artistic director of the dance company, the event will incorporate several dances and will demonstrate how to dress in long trained costumes, how to handle the costume while dancing, as well as how to manipulate large fans made of wooden slats threaded together and painted with traditional designs.

Members of the company will be performing dances inspired by “The Tale of Genji.” Written by Lady Murasaki in the early 11th century, it is considered to be the world’s first novel. It relates the life of the “Shining Prince Genji” and the court life and culture of the Heian period. Regarded as the height of Japan’s aristocratic age and cultural refinement, the Heian period spanned nearly 400 years beginning in 794 when Emperor Kammu established the imperial capital of Japan at Heiankyo (now Kyoto). Inspired by the legends of Genji, Ichinohe’s work incorporates tradition-based movement, gestures and costumes with music of the Heian period and contemporary Japanese and American music.

The 36-year old Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company has performed at national and international venues such as the Japan society and Asia Society in NYC and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. They have participated in arts-in-education programs in NYC and other national public schools. The company also appeared in PBS’s “Live by Satellite: Japanese Performing Arts in America.” Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company has received the Annual Cultural Bridge Award, grants from the New York State Council on the Arts. Saeko Ichinohe was honored with the 2006 Foreign Minister’s Commendation, recognizing her contributions for mutual understanding and friendship between the United States and Japan.