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A World Premiere IN THE BOX feat Bessie Award Winner Miki Orihara (Martha Graham Principal)

A World Premiere IN THE BOX feat Bessie Award Winner Miki Orihara (Martha Graham Principal)


Miki Orihara


Martha Graham Studio Theater
Studio 1, 55 Bethune Street
New York, NY


Friday, November 20, 2015 - 7:30pm daily through November 21, 2015, 9:00pm daily through November 21, 2015
Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 7:30pm daily through November 21, 2015



Miki Orihara

nissy plus inc.
in conjunction with
Mar Creation / MEGUmedia

A World Premiere Dance Theater Project


In the Box
Where Technology Meets The Human Body

Choreographed by and Starring
Bessie Award Winner

Miki Orihara (Martha Graham Dance Company, THE KING AND I)

Directed by Acclaimed Japanese Theatrical Visual Effects Specialist

Original Music by Award-Winning Sony Music Recording Artist
Senri Oe

Nana Tsuda


Strictly Limited Engagement – Five Performances Only

Friday, November 20 – Sunday, November 22, 2015


At the Martha Graham Dance Company – Studio 1 (55 Bethune Street, NYC)


Nissy Plus inc., in conjunction with Mar Creation / MEGUmedia, proudly presents the world premiere of IN THE BOX, a new Dance Theater collaboration between Bessie Award winner Miki Orihara (Martha Graham Dance Company) and acclaimed director Theatrical Visual Effects Specialist Nissy.  Choreographed by and starring Ms. Orihara and directed by Nissy, IN THE BOX has original music by Senri Oe. The cast also features Nana Tsuda.  IN THE BOX will play a strictly limited engagement (five performances only: Friday, November 20 at 7:30 & 9:00 pm; Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 & 9:00 pm, and Sunday, November 22 at 7:30 pm) at the Martha Graham Dance Company – Studio 1 (55 Bethune Street, NYC).  Tickets ($30 - $35 ) are on sale now online at www.inthebox-nyc.com.

Cutting edge technology embraces the organic and primitive IN THE BOX.  Inspired by Schrödinger‘s cat (quantum mechanics), this experimental theater piece opens the book of our lives in a paradoxical nature. Bodies express the complex story of human vital forces -- violence, hatred, pity, tenderness, sex, love and pleasure -- technology affects them, like many of the random events that entangle us in a constantly changing landscape.  IN THE BOX, visual effects follow two dancers’ every step and move, computer graphics and flooding light play with flesh and bones., while three dimensional sounds stimulate the senses . . . IN THE BOX portrays the process in search for the meaning of life and it challenges the audience to find their own “box.”

Miki Orihara (Cast/Choreographer) is best known for her work as a principal dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company, which she joined in 1987.  She has performed with various other prominent companies and choreographers including Elisa Monte Dance Troupe, Pier Group Dance, Lotuslotus, Twyla Tharp, Martha Clarke, Anne Bogart and Robert Wilson. Orihara also appeared in the Broadway production of The King and I.  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 and Theater Ballet School. She is on the faculty at the Graham School and The Hartt School (University of Hartford).  mishmash*Miki Orihara launched in 2013, for which she created two music videos as a Dance Director. As a choreographer, she has presented works in New York and Amsterdam. She is also credited as a curator of "Dancing for JAPAN 2014" a benefit concert. In May 2014, she produced the first solo concert "Resonance" at the La MaMa theater in New York City. “Resonance” toured Wisconsin, San Francisco and Amsterdam in 2015 with Jazz Pianist Senri Oe. Orihara was awarded the prestigious Bessie Award for Sustained Achievement in Dance in 2010.

Nana Tsuda (Cast).  Born and raised in Japan, she has danced with TAKE Dance (2004-12), Robert Wood Dance NY/Santa Fe, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, Multimedia Theatrical Production The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, a novel by Haruki Murakami, Dis/Oriented:Antonioni in China by Yin Mei, Adams Company Dance, Christopher Williams and among others. In 2014, she was a one of the dancers in Peter Sellars' Five Golden Mask Award (Russia) winning new opera The Indian Queen. She has studied at The Ailey School, Merce Cunningham Studio, Summer International Program in Spain and many more. She currently studies Klein Technique with Susan Klein.

Nissy (Director) Born Hiroyuki Nishiyama, Nissy is a director, theatrical visual effect specialist, and the CEO of Nissy Plus, Inc. Nissy has directed a variety of TV programs, live concerts and theatrical performances in Japan.  As a director of theatrical visual effects, he has worked for Japan’s entertainment giant Johnny and Associates and created numerous stadium/arena class events. In recent years, he also has created, produced and directed half a dozen of theatrical performances in Tokyo presented at theaters like prestigious Komaba Agora Theater, Theater Brats, Sunmall etc. He’s acclaimed for his masterful stage creation using today’s cutting edge technology and insightful direction to reveal the depth of human nature. His works involve master actors, singers and celebrities such as Atsuko Asano, Shuichiro Moriyama, Masahiko Kondo, TOKIO, KAT-TUN, Jin Akanishi, Arashi to just name a few. This is his New York debut.

Senri Oe (Pianist and Composer).  As a best-selling Sony Music recording artist, Senri Oe has been active and influential in the Japanese music scene as a singer, lyricist, composer and arranger since his debut in 1983. In 2008, Oe paused his career in pop music to pursue jazz and moved to New York. He studied under Aaron Goldberg, Junior Mance etc. and graduated from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary.  In 2012, Senri Oe's international debut all-jazz album, "Boys Mature Slow" generated rave reviews in the US and Japan and received Jazz Japan Awards Album of The Year. In 2013, his second album "Spooky Hotel" went to the top in the Billboard Japan Jazz Charts. His latest “Collective Scribble” was released in February 2015. In 2014 and 2015, Oe collaborated with Miki Orihara, principal of Martha Graham Dance Company, for her successful solo performances in New York City, San Francisco, Wisconsin and Amsterdam.

Technical credits: Stage Manager: Fumiko Tanaka, Technical Producer: Tkaaki Ando (JOA Productions), Sensor / CG: Junya Yamamoto (Komaden) / Yasuhiro Chida (Komaden),

VTR / CG: Ryosuke Fukuchi(C.I.I.), SFX : Masaru Saito (Tokko).


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