I am raising funds for the “Resonance,” my Solo Dance Concert at La MaMa Theater as a part of La MaMa Moves! Festival 2014. Performance dates are May 8- 11, 2014.
I’m Miki Orihara. I’ve been dancing with the Martha Graham Dance Company for the past 26 years. I’m producing my first solo concert at La MaMa Theater this May. I’m very excited. I’ll be dancing the works of Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Martha Clarke, my own and a very talented young choreographer Adam Barruch. I am deeply interested in the continuity and lineage between Modern Dance and Contemporary Dance. I will be dancing American masters’ works and contemporary works in this first solo concert. There is Japanese expression, “ONKO CHISHIN” - an attempt to discover new things by studying the past through scrutiny of the old. The goal of this concert series is to explore the connection between World of Modern Dance and Contemporary Dance. Most of the time, Modern Dance is categorized as an old type of dance, and Contemporary Dance is what is happening in the moment. Just because the works were choreographed in another decade, does not mean that they can not speak to today’s audience. The stories and themes of these masters’ works are still happening to this generation. The best of these works are timeless. A flutist Daniel James will accompany me for Graham’s work and I’ll have live music for Limon’s work. For new work, I asked Adam to create on me, a jazz pianist Senri Oe to create a new score, Clifton Taylor to light, Karen Young to design costume and Maxine Glorsky to stage manage for this concert. It is important for me to have a good team to work with and produce a good environment. I’m asking for your help raising funds for my concert. The funds will go directly towards space rental, licensing fees, lighting and costume design, technical crew and such. I hope you can join me on the Mother’s Day weekend at La MaMa Theater.
Risks and challenges
Coming up with sufficient budget for renting venues, licensing rights, hiring lighting/costume/set designers and technical crew is as big a challenge as filling up the theater to its full capacity for any event and its performers. With that in mind, I am planning to put together the best-possible creative and production teams:
1) Creative Team – In addition to the choreographies by the giants of modern dance history such as Martha Graham, José Limón and Martha Clarke, we’ve selected a new work by Adam Barruch, one of today’s best young choreographers who represents the latest dance movement. Adam’s work will be accompanied by a new score by Senri Oe, a hugely popular Japanese jazz pianist/composer who has appeared in Tokyo Jazz Festival in 2012 and 2013. Senri will perform live for the new work choreographed by Adam Barruch. Janis Ian, the winner of 2 Grammy Awards (9 nominations), has also given us generous permission to use one of her songs, “I Hear You Sing Again” (Co-written by Woody Guthrie), for a work choreographed by Miki.
2) Production Team – Headed by Maxine Glorsky, perhaps the most respected stage manager in dance who has worked with Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Rudolf Nureyev, Glen Tetley, Lar Lubovitch, the Harkness Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, and Clifton Taylor, internationally renowned scenic and lighting designers for Broadway stage productions and Opera/Ballet companies including American Ballet Theatre, the San Francisco Ballet and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. We'd also like to include Karen Young, a costume designer who has been involved in numerous dance and video art projects including, among others, projects with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Morphoses, American Ballet Theater, Kyle Abraham, David Michalek’s “Slow Dancing” and Matthew Barney's "Cremaster 5, in our team.
In addition, the entire event is presented as a part of La MaMa Theater’s La MaMa Moves! Festival 2014. With the La MaMa's event production/promotion experiences and know-how combined with the above artistic/production teams, we are confident that the “Resonance” will be a can’t-miss success both artistically and box office-wise.
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