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PanoramAsian Dance Project

Profiles & Biographies

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 events.

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 in Japan.

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.