My workshop utilizes a mixture of classical elements, contemporary techniques and improvisation with strong focus on floor work. Participants will push their physical boundaries while challenging the inner rhythm & pattern in their body and linking their body to the space and people around them; investigate, analyze, and discovery are part of this physical exploration. Participants will continue and focus on partnering skills.
Yoshito Sakruaba, artistic director/choreographer of Abarukas, hailed from Japan for New York at the age of 19 and began dancing the following year. He received his BA in dance from Manhattanville College as a scholarship student, continued studies at the Martha Graham School where he worked with Robert Battle and Virginie Mercene. In 2012, he founded his company Abarukas, the Company performed at Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Series in 2014 & 2016, Booking Dance Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kaatbaan in Tivoli NY, The Dance Gallery Festival at the Citigroup Alvin Ailey Theater & Sam Houston University in TX, Reverbdance Festival at Baruch College, APAP at Peridance, Pushing Progress Showcase Series, LaMama Dance Festival, Here Arts Summer Sublet Series, etc. Abarukas performed live for Bric TV in Time Warner Cable, and appeared also in NY1. In 2015, Yoshito Sakuraba won the NW Dance Project's Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition. In 2016, he was commissioned to create a work from Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, followed by a residency at Kaatsbaan. He's also choreographed for plays and short films. Broadway Dance World described Yoshito's work "a true work of art."