B i o g r a p h y

Miki Orihara  is best known for her work as a principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company, which she joined in 1987. In addition to performing the Graham repertory, she has worked closely with the renowned Japanese-American dancer, choreographer and director, Yuriko, preserving her unique approach to Graham Technique.

Orihara has performed in the Broadway production of The King and I, with the Elisa Monte, Dance Troupe, PierGroupDance, Lotuslotus, Twyla Tharp, Martha Clarke, Anne Bogart (SITI Company) and Robert Wilson. She has presented her own choreography in New York and in Tokyo as a guest artist for Japan’s New National Theater.

Her teaching credentials include numerous workshops in Japan, Art International in Moscow, Peridance, the Ailey School, New York University, Florida State University, Henny Jurriëns Stichting( Netherlands), Les Etés de la Danse in Paris and New National Theater Ballet School.  She is on a faculty at the Graham School, The Hartt School ( University of Hartford) and Barnard College (Columbia University). As a Regissuer on Martha Graham’s work, she has been setting works worldwide, including Russian Ballerina Diana Vashineva’s “Dialogue” and for Wendy Whelan of New York City Ballet.

mishmash*Miki Orihara launched in 2013, as a Casting Producer / Dance Director, created two music videos which released in June, 2014. Orihara served as a Movement designer for Jen Silverman’s “Crane Story” directed by Katherine Kovner. 


Orihara recently released  Martha Graham Dance technique DVD, collaboration with Dance Spotlight and Martha Graham Center. She produced a benefit concert " Dancing for JAPAN 2014" and "2017" as a curator, and also produced the first solo concert "Resonance" at the La MaMa theater in New York in May, 2014. 


In April 2017, Orihara was featured in the inaugural performance of “Peace is...”at the United Nations by invitation from the Permanent Mission of Japan.


Orihara presented   “Resonance II”  in NYC in April 2017, she Danced works by Merce Cunningham, Lar Lubovitch and Charlotte Griffin, Martha Graham and Colaboration with Tanro Ishida and "Resonance III" in NYC, SF and Vancouver( Canada) in May, 2019, she danced works by Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Seiko Takata, Konami Ishii and YURIKO.

With the Japanese filmmaker, Tomoko Mikanagi, Orihara created the lm “Broken Memory”. Commissioned by the CORDA foundation for David Rosenmann-Taub, it was featured at Dance on Camera Festival in NYC in 2017. She is in the process of making “ Two Women” with Tomoko.

Orihara started to curate and direct "NuVu Festival" at LPAC. This is a dance festival to promote different stages of dance artists and for them to share performance together to share the idea and learn by each other. 

In 2010 she was awarded the prestigious Bessie Award for Sustained Achievement in Dance.

She is the reciepient for CUNY Dance Initiative Residencies at LaGuardia Community College(2015-2017) and 2018 Tour grant form Japan Foundation 

wikipedia-Miki Orihara in Japanese

Photo by Tokio Kuniyoshi for In The Box 2

Photo by John Deane

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