MillerComm Lecture Series

A Japanese Dancer in America

Thursday, August 31st, 2023
Miki Orihara

Knight Auditorium. Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory, Urbana

Event Description

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Miki Orihara was 18 years old when she arrived in New York to study with Martha Graham, in whose company she performed from 1987 to 2015, eventually as a highly acclaimed principal dancer. Along the way she received a Bessie Award and Dance Magazine called her “the kind of Graham dancer who comes along once in a decade.” She has performed on Broadway and in films and with many other notable companies including Twyla Tharp, Martha Clarke, and Anne Bogart (SITI Company) Today she will discuss her new solo concert series that includes her own choreography, with the aim of defining who she is now, how she got to be this artist, and honoring her mentors and teachers.

Hosted by: Department of Dance

In conjunction with: Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Department of Gender & Women's Studies, Department of History, Department of Theatre/Theatre Studies, Japan House, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Program in Jewish Culture & Society, School of Music, Spurlock Museum

Miki Orihara

George A. Miller Visiting Artist
Krouse Family Visiting Scholar in Judaism and Western Culture
Regisseur, Martha Graham Dance Company