BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20060312T000000Z DTEND:20060312T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<strong>FORMER MARTHA GRAHAM DANCER YURIKO TO DISCUSS\nCHOREOGR APHER’S RELATIONSHIP WITH ISAMU NOGUCHI\nAT JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL M USEUM MARCH 12</strong>\n\nLOS ANGELES—Yuriko\, former principal dancer for groundbreaking choreographer Martha Graham\, will discuss her relation ship with her mentor as well as Graham’s 30-year collaboration with arti st Isamu Noguchi in the public program\, “Point of Departure: Yuriko in Conversation with Mindy Aloff and Bonnie Rychlak.” Audiences will also h ave the chance to see excerpts of archival film footage featuring Yuriko i n significant dance productions by Graham. “Point of Departure” will t ake place on Sunday\, March 12\, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Japanese Ameri can National Museum in Little Tokyo.\n\nThis program is part of a series d irectly related to Japanese American National Museum’s installation of t he internationally acclaimed exhibition\, <a href=" ibits/noguchidesign/"><em>Isamu Noguchi – Sculptural Design</em></a>\, o rganized by the Vitra Design Museum\, Weil am Rhein\, Germany\, in coopera tion with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation\, Inc.\, New York. The exhibition\, which includes more than 75 works by Noguchi and reflects the diversity o f his six decades of work\, was designed and visually conceived by famed t heatrical director and designer Robert Wilson at the Watermill Center on L ong Island\, New York. The exhibition runs through May 14 and is the final stop on a 10-city international tour.\n\nNoguchi\, considered one of the great artists of the 20th Century\, broke down the boundaries between the fine and applied arts\, creating sculpture\, furniture\, gardens\, memoria ls\, fountains\, and dance sets. His collaboration with Graham began in 19 35 and she often credited Noguchi’s sets as being integral to her dance productions. “Always he has given me something that lived on stage as an other character\, another dancer\,” Graham explained. Set elements of se ven Graham productions designed by Noguchi are part of the exhibition curr ently on display.\n\nYuriko Amemiya was born in San Jose in 1920\, but lik e Noguchi\, she spent much of her youth in Japan. She studied classical Ja panese dance before returning to San Jose\, only to be removed from the We st Coast along with 110\,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry by the U.S. go vernment during World War II. Yuriko and her family were incarcerated in A rizona’s Gila River concentration camp.\n\nAfter petitioning for an earl y release\, Yuriko received permission to leave Gila River in 1943 under t he condition that she not return to the West Coast. She headed for New Yor k because “I wanted to dance.” While inquiring about the teaching sche dule at Martha Graham’s dance company\, she encountered the accomplished choreographer alone. “She wanted to see me move\,” Yuriko recalled\, “and I said\, ‘I’m not in training\; I just came out of the camp.’ “\n\nDespite being invited to attend class the next day\, Yuriko declin ed to show up. “In Japan\,” she explained\, “if you don’t know the technique\, you don’t take it from the master first. You take it from a n underling.” Yuriko studied under another instructor for four months un til her abilities drew Graham’s attention again. This time\, she joined Graham’s class and three years later became part of the permanent compan y\, dancing in the legendary Appalachian Spring.\n\nThis was the beginning of a 50-year association with Graham. Yuriko eventually founded the Marth a Graham Dance Ensemble and was instrumental in the restaging of Graham’ s productions. More recently\, as Graham’s dances have begun to pass int o the public domain\, Yuriko offered her services as a stager for dance co mpanies and student groups that want to present these important works. Und er the title “The Arigato Project\,” Yuriko contributed her expertise and often included her daughter Susan Kikuchi (another former Graham dance r). “‘Arigato’ means ‘thank you’ in Japanese\,” Yuriko said. “It’s my thank you to Martha Graham and to the dance world for giving me such a beautiful life\, and I want to give it back. The knowledge\, the experience: I can’t take it with me. It’s my legacy to young dancers. ”\n\n “Point of Departure” will be moderated by two leading experts on Graham and Noguchi: Mindy Aloff and Bonnie Rychlak. Aloff is one of the nation’s most respected dance critics who has written for The New Yorke r\, The New Republic\, The New York Times\, and The Nation. She also teach es dance history at Barnard College in New York and serves as a consultant for the George Balanchine Foundation. She is editor of the highly anticip ated book\, Dance Anecdotes: Stories from the Worlds of Ballet\, Broadway\ , the Ballroom\, and Modern Dance\, which will be released in Spring 2006. Rychlak is the Curator at the Isamu Noguchi Museum in New York\, and over saw the 2004 exhibition\, Noguchi and Graham: Selected Works for Dance. He r essay on Noguchi—“Sitting Quietly: Isamu Noguchi and the Zen Aesthet ic”—can be found in Isamu Noguchi: Master Sculptor (2004)\, which was published by the Whitney Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gar den. \n\n“Point of Departure” is free with admission to Isamu Noguchi - Sculptural Design. Seating is first-come\, first-served\, and early arri val is advised. Special admission prices apply to this exhibition: Adults $12\; seniors (age 62+) $9\; students and youth (ages 6-17) $8\; and child ren 5 and under are free. National Museum members are free.\n\nReservation s are recommended for all programs. For more information call (213) 625-04 14.\n\n SUMMARY:Dancer Yuriko to Discuss Isamu Noguchi\, Martha Graham March 12 URL:/en/events/2006/03/12/dancer-yuriko-to-discuss-isamu-noguchi-martha-gra h/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR