Panoramasian Dance Project is a theatrical dance performance project, which intends
to express the rich diversity of the Asian culture and the common coherent identity
of Asia concurrently. The project will present traditional dance pieces of Asian
dances and show its originally created Asian dance fusion of the modern flavor. Panoramasian
Dance Project is initiated by Yuko Hamada—president of New York based non-profit
organization, Japan Performing Arts, Inc.
JULIA KULAKOVA (Persian Traditional Dancer)
Educated in dance and theater (Stanislavski Method) in Russia, Ms Julia Kulakova
is hailed by critics for her unique dance style propelled by diverse training in
Classical, Contemporary, Folkloric and Theater dance (Ballet, Contemporary, African,
Jazz, Flamenco, Ballroom, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Gypsy, Balkan, Central Asian,
and Bollywood). She competes, performs and directs numerous projects domestically
and internationally, most recent - her 2007 Solo tour to Australia and World Music
Festivals’ national tour with New York Gypsy All Stars; with upcoming performances
in Russia, Turkey and Greece in summer 2008. Currently, Ms. Kulakova performs with
Altagracia’s Caribbean Rose Dancers, and David Browne’s Cabaret Troyka and directs,
choreographs and dances with her own The Julia Kulakova Dance Company. Ms. Kulakova
teaches Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Gypsy, Bollywood and various fusion dance
forms for Fitness at 92nd Y and Manhattan Jewish Community Center, and her versatility
can be noted in weekly performances at Turkuaz and Da Mikelle Palace.
AMRITA BHATTACHARYYA (Indian Traditional Dancer)
Amrita Bhattacharyya, a vibrant dancer beyond her tender age of 21 began her journey
as a dancer at a very young age. She began a classical style of Indian dance called
Odissi when she was just five years old under her teacher Mitra Purakaysta. Since
then she has continued to work with many renowned instructors and choreographers,
exploring dance not only in her community, but across the globe. She traveled to
London in 2002 to perform in an original production by Malabika Guha called Africa.
Studying ballet, hip-hop, and modern dance in Lakewood, New Jersey, Amrita's thirst
for dance was not yet quenched. Three years ago, she traveled to Seville, Spain to
learn Flamenco dance under the well known dancer of Utrera named Faruqquito. She
later discovered another style of classical Indian dance called Kathak. In this style
she has excelled tremendously through the teachings of her beloved instructor Guruji
Satya Narayana Charka, a disciple of Pundit Guruji Birju Maharaj. With him, she taught
an adult beginners class at the Lotus Studio in New York City, where she lives now.
Ms. Bhattacharyya studies at New York University, where she received her Bachelors
of Science degree in Secondary Science Education and is working on her Masters in
Dance Theory and Education. She looks forward to continuing on this journey of dance
with the continued support of her family and friends.
CHIA YING KAO (Chinese Traditional Dancer)
Chia Ying Kao is a graduate of the National Taiwan University of Arts with a B.F.A
in modern dance. Ms. Kao is a gold medal recipient of the Taiwan National Creative
Dance Competition. She has toured with Taipei Li-yuan Chinese Opera to many countries.
Chia Ying has worked with various groups and performed internationally, including
the Holy Ground Renaissance Association's '' Romance of the Three Kingdoms'', The
Tenth National College Dance Festival in the Terrace Theater and the 2002 American
Dance Festival. Recently,she performed in the debut of Gone With the Wind for the
Lincoln Center Dance Festival ,2007. Since Moving to NYC in September 2004 she has
worked and performed with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company ,Earl Mosley, Dance
China NY, Topaz Arts and Hou Ying.
EUN JOO KANG (Korean Traditional Dancer)
Eun Joo Kang received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Sook Myung Women’s
University in Seoul, Korea in 1989 and her Master of Arts degree in Dance Higher
Education from New York University in 1995. Ms. Kang has studied and performed traditional
Korean dance over 30 years. She studied traditional and folk Korean dance under Hwang
Moo Bong from 1982 through 1984. From 1985 to 1993, she studied Sung Mu, Sal Pu Ri
and other traditional Korean dance under Han Myung Sook, who had received the prestigious
Human Living Treasure (HLT) designation from the government of Korea, and under Chung
Jae Man, who inherited the HLT designation after Ms. Han passed away. Ms. Kang also
studied ballet and modern dance in college. Ms. Kang pursued broader understanding
of modern dance theory at NYU in an effort to form her own theory of traditional
Korean dance with the same rigor as that of modern dance. Her study at NYU included
Eric Hopkins and the Laban effort shape. Ms. Kang has performed all over Asia, Europe
and North America in various tours, festivals and competitions; she also performed
at the Festival International de Folklore in Concarneau, France and in the 1986 Asian
Games Dance Festival, and at the closing ceremony of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.
Since 1995, Ms. Kang has been choreographing, teaching and performing Korean dance
pieces in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
YUKO HAMADA (Japanese Traditional Dancer/ Director)
Yuko Hamada is a choreographer/dancer of Japanese traditional dance, Nichibu. Ever
since she was three, she's had dance training on both the traditional Nichibu dances
and contemporary dances of various forms. At age 15, she joined an all-women theater
company in Japan called Takarazuka, and she would mainly perform male roles for six
years. After coming to New York, she studied dramatic writing at Tisch School of
Arts — New York University. While studying at the University, she wrote, directed
and produced three Off-Off Broadway plays “Flower of Water – two incense sticks –
“, “Flower of Water 2 – awaking from two beings “, “Mt. Asagi” and so on. Many newspaper
and magazine articles introduced Yuko’s shows and two documentary TV programs were
made by NHK (Japanese equivalent of BBC in the U.K.) She later established a non-profit
organization, Japan Performing Arts, Inc. Recently her choreographed dance pieces
are seen in many cultural events at local schools, hospitals and other community
BRENNA ST. GEORGE JONES (Production Stage Manager)
Other recent work includes; Epic Theater Ensemble's Palace of the End; Target Margin
Theatre’s Faust Pts 1 & 2, As Yet Thou Art Young and Rash; Basil Twist’s Symphonie
Fantastique, Petrushka; Dan Hurlin’s Hiroshima Maiden; Dmitri Troyanov’s production
of Terrorism; Macbeth at the Stonington Opera House; National & International tours
with Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble; Martha Graham Dance; Les Ballets Trockadero
de Monte Carlo, Basil Twist, As always, this is for my family.
DEBRA DUMAS (Lighting designer)
Most recently, Ms. Dumas designed the lighting for In Search of a Goddess, choreographer
Dalia Carella’s tribute to dancer Ruth St. Denis. Other recent designs include Macbeth
at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in NYC, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream
and The Rimers of Eldritch for Adelphi University. In New York, Ms. Dumas was the
Associate Lighting designer for Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre. She
has designed for the Joffrey Ballet, the Armitage Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera
Guild, INTAR, Playwrights’ Horizons, the Melting Pot Theatre Company and Music-Theatre
Group. Designs for special events include Bette Midler’s “Hulaween” benefit performance
at the Waldorf-Astoria, the Harlem Renaissance Awards “A Tribute to Harry” honoring
Harry Belafonte, and the 1991 Season Opener for the New York Knicks. She has toured
extensively and her work as been seen at many international venues and festivals
such as the Edinburgh Festival, the Carlton Dance Festival (Brazil), Les Festival
des Ameriques (Montreal), and Hong King’s International Festival of the Arts. Ms.
Dumas also teaches lighting design at Pace University, Adelphi University, and Long
Island High School for the Arts.
JIYEON JUNG (Development/ External affairs)
Born in Seoul, Korea, Jiyeon Jung has had various experiences within the arts. After
graduating from Ewha Woman's University, Seoul in 2006 with a double major in Art
History and Economics she worked as a curator and an art consultant. During this
short period of time she organized handful of solo and group exhibitions of contemporary
artists in Korea. To pursue a career as an international art professional she continued
to attend the Master's program at the Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York in American
Fine and Decorative Art from 2006 to 2008. Working for the Winter Antiques Show at
the historical Seventh Regiment Amory in 2007 as a vetting committee officer and
a management office staff, Jiyeon developed skills in managing a range of task including
special events for the collectors, curators, and VIPs from different sponsor groups.
Recently, she is working as an assistant to the director at the gallery in Chelsea,
New York and a contributing editor at the Auction & Collector, Seoul.
RIYO MITO (Chief Assistant Choreographer / Under Study)
Riyo Mito was born in Japan. She began training in classical ballet at an early age
and started modern dance in 2001. She also studied drama, rhythmic gymnastics, and
traditional Japanese arts (Nichibu and Nou-Kyogen) at Takarazuka-kita High School
in Takarazuka, Japan. Riyo came to NYC in 2006 and is currently studying at The Alvin
Ailey School. Recently, she performed as student of The Ailey School at the American
Museum of Natural History (NYC), in a tribute to Katherine Dunham choreographed by
Joan Peters. Riyo begin working with the Parijat Desai Dance Company in 2006.
MOTOKO TADANO (Assistant Choreographer / Under stady)
Motoko Tadano began her dance training in ballet at the Michiko Nomura Ballet Academy
in Japan, and has worked as a soloist for the Ballet Academy to which she pertains.
She then moved to New York City and has completed the trainee program of Martha Graham
School for Dance in New York. She has frequently performed in showcases and International
Dance Festivals that enabled her to work with various modern choreographers. At present
she is undergoing the dance training at Ballet Arts, with a strong emphasis on Contemporary
Dance. Currently, Motoko is extending her career by working with the choreographers
of various styles, for instance Oriental Fusion Dance Performance with Diva - JPN
in 2007, Hip-Hop Performance for the NYC local TVshow in 2008, and most recently,
she has performed in physical theatre, dance drama and contemporary dance full-length
works of choreographer Antonia Katrandjieva as a lead dancer in Overground Dance
Company, which she joined in 2006.
KEIKO VOLTAIRE (Wardrobe supervisor)
Keiko was born in Japan. She moved to NY in 2003, and worked for Ailey II company
in 2004 as a Wardrobe Supervisor in the US tour and re-arranged Escapedes costume.
She worked for Martha Graham Dance Company in 2006 in the US and Italy tour, and
re-arranged Choronicle /Night Journey /Arden song costumes. She has been working
as a freelance wardrobe/ costume designer for various dance compnies, such as Elisa
Monte Dance Company, Jennifer Muller The Works, Richmond Ballet,Hubbard Street Dance
Chicago and San Francisco Ballet etc...
NORIKO KAWAZU (Assistant Production)
Noriko Kawazu was born and raised in Japan until 1999 when she moved to New York.
She graduated from Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY with Bachelor of Art for Speech,
Communications and Drama. She also studied acting and theater productions in London.
She is a member of Japan Performing Arts, Inc. since 2002.
IPPEI INOUE (Composer)
Composer, arranger, conductor and performer, Ippei Inoue was born in Yokohama, Japan.
He started to study Piano and musical theory with Rie Suzuki at YAMAHA music school
He earned the degree in composition at Berklee College of Music under Yakov Gubanov
and John Bavicchi, orchestration under James Russell-Smith, Jr. He also received
the "Youth Concerts at Symphony Hall Award" from Berklee.
He recently finished master's degree in composition at Manhattan School of Music
and studied with Dr. Nils Vigeland. He also has participate in master classes with
Steven Stunky and William Bolcom. He is awarded "Jordan Berk Memorial Prize in Composition"
and "The Manhattan Prize" from Manhattan School of Music as well.
He is currently living in New York and composing for not only classical music, but
also film and dance. He scored to the short movie "Chat Room" and "Ogopogo" by Christian
Amundsen, "Hide and Seek" by Moira Demos and "Earth In Heaven" by Sung Kyu Koo.
Youngho Sohn (Narrator)
Youngho Sohn is an aspiring entertainer and improv comedy performer. He attended
New York University and completed improvisation courses at the Upright Citizens Brigade
training Center. "Looking for Sarasvati" was his first full length voice-over production.