Ariane Anthony, Bin Bin Factory (Rie Fukuzawa & Satoshi Haga), Akiko Furukawa, Kiori Kawai, Nana Masuda, and Takae Matsuo.
Sakai Masafumi and Misa Ogasawara
Anthony is a choreographer, dancer, and actor/clown who creates, directs, and performs original dance-theater pieces. She is Artistic Director of Ariane Anthony & Company and has performed at numerous venues in New York and other cities nationally and internationally. She teaches at New York Mask and Clown Workshop and Ramapo College and is a resident artist at The Construction Company. She has been called “choreographer of rare imagination and sureness who merges untethered fantasy with unerring emotional accuracy” (The New York Times). Anthony will perform an excerpt from her new work of dance-clown “What’s All This?” in which a character finds a bag containing something that simultaneously terrifies and inspires her.
binbinFactory (Satoshi Haga & Rie Fukuzawa)
Haga and Fukuzawa have been collaborating as binbinFactory since September, 2009. Their works have been presented by Dance Conversations at Flea 2010 and 2011, The Giacobetti Paul Gallery, Downtown Dance Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, DanceNow Twenty Ten Festival, Sunday at Three at 92nd Street Y and a finalist (2nd place) of THE A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010 NYC.
Satoshi Haga grew up in rural Japan where he never thought he would become interested in dance. His works have been presented by venues including Aaron Davis Hall, The Madarts, Joyce SoHo, P.S. 122, Movement Research, 92nd Street Y, Mulberry Street Theatre, DanceNow, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Japan Society in New York and Jacob’s Pillow, The Yard in MA. He has been collaborating with Jen Shyu (composer & Vocalist) and performing at Roulette, Jazz gallery and other music venues in New York. He has also choreographed and directed a the Tokyo Motor Show. He teaches movement linked to QI energy and Tai chi, and conducts healing sessions. He is also a sculptor, clown, juggler and visual artist.
Rie Fukuzawa was born and raised in Japan. Her choreography has been presented at CRS, Peridance, Joyce SoHo, Movement Research at Judson Church, and various Tokyo venues. In Japan, she studied at the University of Ochanomizu in Tokyo (M.A. in Dance), and the Bonjin Dance studio, directed by Bonjin Atsugi, Tokyo. In 2003, she received a grant from the Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan to come to New York.
Born in Kyoto, Japan, Furukawa’s choreography has been presented many places in New York City, such as St. Mark’s Church (Dance Space Project), Aaron Davis Hall, Japan Society, Merce Cuningham Theater and many more . In the Fringe Festival where she and her partners received The Fringest Show Award for their “The Play Room” piece. And her work “Dream(?)” received “Special Citation” in OBIES Off-Broadway Theater Awards for “Imagine Festival”. And Her work “Black Crow” has been commissioned by Aaron Davis Hall’s Fund for new work supported by The Jerome Foundation and Phillip Morris Companies, Inc. As a performer, she has worked with Erica Essner Performance Co-Op, Cristian Canciani’s CCan Dance, Guido Tuveri’s Sanza Nemo Collective, Kevin Wynn, Abby Chan, Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theatre, among others. And she is continuously working with Jenni Hong Dance.
Kiori is a graduate of the Osaka University of Arts '99, specializing in Musical Theatre & Contemporary Performance. While in Japan, Kiori was an associate artist with the JobanKosan Corp. performing both as a dancer and a singer. Since her arrival to NYC in 2001, Kiori has had the professional pleasure of working as an contemporary dancer/choreographer/ improvisor with such artists as Carman Moore.,Elaine Summers Dance, Pauline Oliveros, Michi Dance Company, Azul Dance Theatre, H.T. Chen Dance Company, Flock Dance Trope, Human Kinetics Movement Arts, and more. Kiori has performed as an artist for dance performances at many places such as Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum, Serraves Contemporary Museum(Portugal), Lamama Theatre, University at Buffalo, and touring internationally.
Masuda is an actress/dancer. She started her career as a stage performer when she was 17 years old in Japan. In addition to fulfilling a one-year contract as an exclusive dancer on Japan’s most famous comedian’s TV program, she appeared in more than 15 theatrical plays and some films in Japan. She moved to New York in July 1999. She joined the Sanza Nemo Collective, dance theatre artist Guido Tveri’s company, performing in several of his works at Merce Cunningham Studio, joyce Soho, Evolving Arts Theatre and the Nuova Danza international dance festival in Italy. She also joined the Belly Dance group Cult of Isis and appeared in a JapaneseTV commercial. In fall 2010, her first book “Paradise” was published in Japan.
Matsuo studied at Eurythmy Spring Valley, NY. Since 2002, she performed solo and group works at Spring Valley, NY & NYC, as well as many collaborative works with various musicians for art and cultural events. She teaches children’s classes at Green Meadow Waldorf School NY, Weekend Japanese Nursery Program, NYC, work shops for adults, private and group sessions, including nursing home classes. Matsuo create original Eurythmy movement for Japanese language.
Sakai is a guitarist, singer, composer and bossa nova artist. He started playing as a professional guitarist in Tokyo in 1989, performing Jazz, Blues, Pop, Latin, Brazilian, Folk, Rock etc. He moved to New York City in 1995 and regularly performs at many different venues. He is a composer, and Oda Yuichiro produced his first album, released in October, 2011.
Ogasawara is Director / Composer of the chorus group “Bridge Vocal Ensemble.” She graduated in 1992 from Musashino Academia Musicae as a piano major. After performing as singer and songwriter in Japan, she came to New York in 1996 and has since been performing at various venues, including Joe’s pub, Don’t tell Mama, The Apollo theater, City Center, Madison Square Garden, Weill Recital Hall and Carnegie Hall. She also has directed, composed and arranged music for theater and dance piece. Misa Ogasawara and Bettina Sheppard has been producing “Bridge Vocal Ensemble”, International group of singers who are blending the voice of various cultures and time periods. She has been faculty of Ballet Arts more than 8 years.
The WAH Center is a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization founded in 1996 by artist and philanthropist Yuko Nii. It is a multifaceted, multicultural art center whose mission is to coalesce the diverse artistic community and create a bridge between local, national and international artists, as well as emerging and established artists of all disciplines. The WAH Center is housed in New York City Landmark Kings County Savings Bank, built in 1867, and on the National Register of Historic Places. To learn more visit:
135 Broadway (corner Bedford Avenue)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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J train to Marcy Avenue
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Yuko Nii, Founder & Artistic Director
WAH Center (Williamsburg Art & Historical Center)
Brooklyn, NY 11211 USA
(718) 486-6012 or (718) 486-7372 or (917) 648-4290
"WAH means peace, harmony, or unity in Japanese" Yuko
Yuko Nii, Founder
Yuko Nii Foundation
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Yuko Nii Foundation
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