Miller Endowment Visitor 2023-24

Miki Orihara

George A. Miller Visiting Artist


Miki Orihara is best known for her work as a principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company, which she joined in 1987 and earned a New York Dance & Performance (Bessie) Award for Sustained Achievement in 2010. She has performed on Broadway and with Elisa Monte, Martha Clarke, SITI Company, PierGroupDance, Lotuslotus. Her solo concert series, Resonance has been enthusiastically received by audiences and critics around the world. Resonance traces the lineage of some of today’s most imaginative dance makers through earlier innovators like Martha Clarke and Lar Luvobitch and back to the masterworks of Martha Graham and José Limón. In Resonance II, Orihara premiered Shirabyoshi, a Japanese dancer, as part of a CUNY Dance Initiative 2016-17 residency at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC). She premiered Resonance III in May 2019 at LPAC, focusing on works of American and Japanese modern dance pioneers. This production received Japan Foundation’s Tour Grant 2018/2019.

In 2019, in addition to her own concert series, she started to work in Berlin with DanceOn Project. Orihara has presented her choreography in New York, Amsterdam and Tokyo/Nagoya. She is a sought after teacher and coach, working with the Kirov Ballet, Nakamura/Shuto Project (Japan), Japan’s New National Theater Ballet School, The Ailey School, New York University, The Hartt School, L’été de la Danse (Paris), Henny Jurien Studio (Amsterdam) and is Dance Director for Mishmash*Miki Orihara. Orihara was featured in the Inaugural performance of “Peace is...” at the United Nations as a part of the Permanent Mission of Japan in April 2017. Orihara is the Dance Director for Martha Graham Dance Technique Level 1 DVD, documenting Graham technique with Dance Spotlight and Martha Graham Centre.

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