BalaSole Dance with Guest Soloist Miki Orihara Comes to BAM Fisher, 6/2-6/3
ROBERTO VILLANUEVA, Executive & Artistic Director and Founder of BalaSole Dance Company, presents the 18th NYC concert season of BalaSole in "MOLTI," a new program of solos in a broad range of dance styles, music choices and artistic voices, joined by special guest artist Miki Orihara, former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, June 2 & 3, 8PM, at BAM Fisher (Fishman Space), 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY. This program is part of a split bill concert with the Marie-Christine Giordano Dance. BalaSole's program will be presented in the second half of the concert (at approximately 9 PM).
Miki Orihara will perform her solo "Broken Memory" to the evocative music of Chilean composer and pianist David Rosenmann-Taub. "Broken Memory" is also a film by Japanese filmmaker Tomoko Mikanagi, commissioned by the Corda Foundation and selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center for its 45th Dance on Camera Festival last February. Ms. Orihara joins a program of eight soloists presenting works on varying themes, artistic voices and dance genres.
Roberto Villanueva explains: "I created BalaSole because I believed it was time for a multi-ethnic organization that would open its doors to dance artists of all genres, styles, artistic expressions, shapes, sizes, ages, and background." BalaSole, described by Tim Martin (Dance Europe Magazine) as a "hybrid creature"--"part Dance Company and part showcase," is the only Dance Company of its kind in the U.S. with a mission to address the gaps in the field of concert dance. The company's artists are provided artistic freedom and most are mentored to find and hone their own voices. Diversity and individuality are the keywords of the organization, which has mentored and given performance opportunities to over 170 dancer/choreographers since 2010.
The June program will feature eight soloists--Kristine Butler, MeganAnna Griffin, Kennedy Hill, Elijah Laurant, Jacob Regan, Camille Schmoeker, Roberto VIllanueva, and guest artist Miki Orihara. The program will also include ensemble pieces featuring emerging/re-emerging artists Claire Babilonia, Haley Lindquist, Brigitte Manga, Lauren Settembrino, and Mayu Shirai.
Past BalaSole participants include artists from other prominent companies such as the Limón Dance Company, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Martha Graham Dance Company, Parsons Dance, Lucinda Childs Dance, Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, Philadanco, The Isadora Duncan Dance Company, and Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago.
The Company has presented seasons at Baryshnikov Arts Center's Jerome Robbins Theater, Ailey Citigroup Theater, New York Live Arts, and Tribeca Performing Arts Center. BalaSole is the resident company of Mount Saint Vincent College in Riverdale, NY.
PIECE TITLE: Broken Memory
INSPIRATION/DESCRIPTION: A memory that crosses over past, present and future.
Miki Orihara is best known for her work as a principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company, which she joined in 1987. In 2010, she earned the prestigious Bessie Award for Sustained Achievement in Dance. In addition to performing the Graham repertory, she has worked closely with the renowned Japanese-American dancer, choreographer and director, Yuriko, preserving her unique approach to Graham Technique. Orihara has performed in the Broadway production of The King and I, with the Elisa Monte, Dance Troupe, PierGroupDance, Lotuslotus, Twyla Tharp, Martha Clarke, Anne Bogart and Robert Wilson. She has presented her own choreography in New York and in Tokyo as a guest artist for Japan's New National Theater. She is a sought-after teacher and coach working with the Kirov Ballet, Japan's New National Theater Ballet School, the Ailey School, New York University, The Hartt School, L'ete de la Danse (Paris) and is Dance Director for Mishmash*Miki Orihara. She is on a faculty at the Graham School, The Hartt School (University of Hartford) and Barnard College (Columbia University). Mishmash*Miki Orihara launched in 2013. As a dance director, Miki created two music videos which released in June 2014. She produced a benefit concert "Dancing for JAPAN 2014" as a curator, and produced her first solo concert "Resonance" at the La MaMa theater in New York in May 2014.<