Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company
Saeko Ichinohe, Founder, Director, Choreographer, Dancer

The Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company was founded in 1970.

Saeko Ichinohe has been creating dance - merging traditional Japanese movement, music and costumes with modern Western movement. 

After over 40 years of performances, Saeko has decided to close her company.

The company's goals have been: 

  • to incorporate rich, historical Japanese traditions into contemporary Western Dance
  • to inspire mutual understanding between diverse peoples and cultures through dance
  • to nourish the heart, mind and soul through superb dance programs which bring joy and wonder to audiences of all ages, cultures and backgrounds
Saeko Ichinohe continues to choreograph and is available recreate her dances or new works.

  For info see bottom of page.

Recent Programs

2012 - 2013 SEASON

 Final New York Performance



   May 30, 2013  at  7:30 pm

  The Ailey Citigroup Theater. 405 W 55th St. New York.

 The program consisted of dances inspired by the visual arts of Japan,  including:


A world premiere by Saeko Ichinohe featuring projected images by abstract expressionist Ansei Uchima to captivating music by contemporary composer Hifumi Shimoyama. 

      "Aoi no Ue"  (Lady Aoi) inspired by a Noh play based on "The Tale of Genjii.

Created by Toshinori Hamada, renowned performer of traditional Japanese theater, this original choreographic trio combines Noh theater and contemporary dance in a haunting story of jealousy and possession. Toshinori Hamada performed in the recent 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company.  This  work  features  Kristina Berger dancing with Toshinori Hanada.

      Selections from  "UTAMARO" (2004)  and  "Homage to Munakata" (2003).  Both were choreographed by Saeko Ichinohe and inspired by woodblock artists.

Utamaro (1753 - 1806) Created his "Floating World" series of prints of Geishas, their servants and their assignations.

Munakata (1903 - 1975) brought printmaking into the modern era. 


               Recent  Highlights:

To celebrate 40 years of creating dance in New York City, the company presented... 

               The 40th Anniversary Performance

   December 3rd, 2011 at 7:00 pm

The Ailey Citigroup Theater 
The Joan Weill Center for Dance
 405 West 55th Street at 9th Ave. 
 New York, NY 10019 

Screening of Retrospective of Performances 

“HEIAN E(1991)  Music by Behzad Ranjbaran

  "CHRYSANTHEMUM"  (1988)  Japanese Folk Drum 

“REBIRTH"   World Premiere  

Composer/Performer: Yukio Koma  -  Shamisen music played live

All choreographies by Saeko Ichinohe

Guest Performer: Toshinori Hamada

Lighting Design: Chenault Spence 

Dancers:  Saeko Ichinohe, Heather Currie, Ari Someya, Cho Ying Tsai, Atsushi Yahagi

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   The 40th Anniversary Performance was made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  Grant received from the J.C.C. Fund. Also supported by the Consulate General of Japan in New York

     A portion of the proceeds  were donated to Up-slope, a non profit organization based in Sendai, Japan, supporting the performing arts activities of the area affected by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.


Saeko Ichinohe is available for 

Guest Choreographies 

Master Classes

Duration:  One and half hour


(for K-12)  Duration:  45 - 90 minutes
Japanese folk dance and children’s games

Coaching for Singers and Actors

Japanese movement for the Stage.

Duration:  Flexible.

Training for Western singers and actors in specific Japanese style movement.

Contact: Saeko Ichinohe  212-757-2531