BRUNSWICK — An evening of kabuki and traditional Japanese dance performed by Sachiyo Ito of New York City will be presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, at Bowdoin College. The performance is open to the public free of charge.
The evening’s performance will include dances based on the legends of the Yamanba, the frightening mountain spirit, and of the Dojoji maiden, who transforms into a snake when filled with desire. Brief commentary will introduce audience members to the fantastical themes present throughout Japanese theater, dance and printmaking.
Ito is a New York-based performer who has brought together East and West through her delicate and powerful adaptations of classical, traditional and contemporary theater for nearly 40 years. A long-celebrated dancer, Ito has been praised for her combination of traditional Japanese and modern dance forms. Born in Tokyo, Ito is an artist, choreographer, and arts educator. She has taught at several colleges and universities, including the Juilliard School and New York University, since 1972.