Kent Dance Ensemble Welcomes Guest Artist Yoshito Sakuraba

The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will welcome guest artist Yoshito Sakuraba to Kent State for a residency Sept. 19-23, 2019. During his residency, Sakuraba will set a piece on members of the Kent Dance Ensemble which will then be performed at KDE's annual concert in April.

He is founding artistic director of Abarukas and an award-winning choreographer. His work was seen in Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, Israel, Mexico, and the U.S. He won the International Choreographic Competition at NW Dance Project and Choreographic Shindig at Whim W'him in the U.S. He was awarded for Best Choreography Award in Italy by FINI Dance. He won the Audience Prize at Masdanza International Contemporary Dance Festival in Spain, and he was invited to present his work "Coming Home" for the Masdanza Extensions Tour in 2018 to perform in the seven islands of the Canary Islands. He's commissioned to create a work from Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Elon University, Purdue University, Muhlenberg College, FINI Dance, HSPVA, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Ballet Des Moines, Ballet Arkansas, Graham II and more. He's presented his work for International Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Germany, Gdansk Dance Festival in Poland, Masdanza International Contemporary Dance Festival in Spain, Mash International Choreography Festival in Israel, and FIDCDMX in Mexico, Festival 10 Sentidos in Spain, and FINI Dance Festival in Italy. He's appeared in the televisions and his work has been featured in NY1 as well as Bric TV in Spectrum Cable Channel. He has taught workshops internationally, Amsterdam Dance Centre (Netherlands), Romestate International Summer Program at DAF Dance Arts Faculty (Italy), FINI Dance Festival (Italy), The Playground (NYC), Sam Houston University (Texas), Manhattanville College (NY), and more. He currently teaches at Peridance, GIBNEY, and the Martha Graham School. He will create a new production for 2020-2021 with a London-based composer with support from Rabbit Island Foundation and Rozsa Center at Michigan Technological University.

He founded Abarukas in the fall of 2012, and the Company performed at BAM Fisher, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series in 2014 and 2016, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Palm Desert Choreography Festival, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, LaMama, DanceNow at Joe’s Pub, APAP Showcase at Peridance, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 92Y, GK Arts Center, and a number of universities in the U.S as well as a residency and performance at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. Broadway Dance World describes, “I witnessed a true work of art...Mr. Sakuraba's brilliant mind for choreography has captivated me...extreme creativity, fine detail, and high level dancing."

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 6:36pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 8:41am