Coming Home – Yoshito Sakuraba

The Karnaf Granovsky Hall, Friday November 30, 1:30pm

Music: Olafur Arnalds, Murcof, Kangding Ray, Hans Zimmer

This piece is inspired by Thomas Dylan’s poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night.”
It’s about getting knocked down by your own reality but getting right up to serve your will to live at his fullest potential. When a man fulfills his purpose in his life, he returns to his ‘home’ at the end of his journey.


Yoshito Sakuraba, USA

artistic director of Abarukas  1-914-552-7203

He is founding artistic director of Abarukas and an award-winning choreographer. His work was seen in Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, and the U.S. He won the International Choreographic Competition at NW Dance Project in the US in 2015. He’s been commissioned to create a work Jamaica Performing Arts Center in 2016, followed by a residency at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. He was awarded for Best Choreography Award in Italy by FINI Dance in 2017. In 2018, he presented his work for International Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Germany, Gdansk Dance Festival in Poland, Masdanza International Contemporary Dance Festival in Spain, FINI Dance Festival in Italy. He’s appeared in the televisions and his work has been featured in NY1 as well as Bric TV in Spectrum Cable Channel.
He founded Abarukas in the fall of 2012, and the Company performed at BAM Fisher, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series in 2014 and 2016, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, LaMama, APAP Showcase at Peridance, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 92Y, and a number of universities in the U.S.The company was invited to the Masdanza Extensions Tour in 2018 to perform in the seven islands of the Canarian Archipielage in Spain. Broadway Dance World describes, “I witnessed a true work of art…Mr. Sakuraba’s brilliant mind for choreography has captivated me… extreme creativity, fine detail, and high level dancing.”
Masdanza Extensions Tour to the Seven Islands of the Canarian Archipielago, Spain//Oct 2018
Masdanza International Contemporary Dance Festival, Spain//Oct 2018
GALA Night, Alvin Ailey Theater NYC//Aug 2018
Gdansk Festival Tanca, Gdansk Poland//June 2018
Nimbus Presents Offline, BAM Fisher NYC//April 2018
Solo Tanz Theater Festival, Stuttgart Germany//March 2018
Pan Asian Dance Festival, 92nd Y NYC//Nov 2017
Fini Dance Festival, Villapiana Italy//July 2017
Manhattanville College, Purchase NY//April 2017
Company Season, GK Arts Center NYC//Oct 2016
Making Moves Dance Festival, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Jamaica NY//Sept 2016
Taipei Dance Festival, Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts, Taipei Taiwan//Aug 2016
Jacob’s Pillow In/Out Series, Becket MA//July 2016
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli NY//April 2016
Company Season, GK Arts Center NYC//Jan 2016
Bric TV Live Performance NYC//Jan 2016
NW Dance Project, Pretty Creative International Choreographic Competition, Portland OR//July 2015
Booking Dance Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center NYC//Jan 2015
APAP Showcase, Peridance NYC//Jan 2014
Company Season, MMAC, NYC//Aug 2013
TEACHING (select)
Faculty at Peridance – Adv. Contemporary
Faculty at GIBNEY – Improv & Partnering for Adv./Professional Level

Summer Intensive – Fini Dance School, Villapiana Italy//July 2018
Summer Intensive – Martha Graham School NYC//June 2018
Workshop – Peridance NYC//May 2018
Workshop – The Playground at Gibney NYC//May 2018
Winter Intensive – Martha Graham School NYC//Dec 2017
Summer Intensive – Fini Dance School, Villapiana Italy//July 2017
Workshop – DBlWH, Gowanus NYC//May 2017
Workshop – Manhattanville College//April 2017
Winner of Whim W’Him Choreographic Shindig, Seattle WA//July 2019
Best Choreography Award, FINI Dance, Villapiana, Italy//July 2017
Winner of Jamaica Performing Arts Center Commission Prize Recipient, Jamaica NY//Sept 2016
Winner of Pretty Creative International Choreographic Competition, Portland OR//July 2015
“Rising Star” Sunday Mainichi//May 2017
“The Technical Prowess of the Entire Company is Superb” Dance Enthusiast//Jan 2016
“Knock me out” Wet Paint//Feb 2014
“Compelling” NYC Dance Stuff//Feb 2014
“Breathtaking” Dance Enthusiast//Nov 2013
“An enigmatic and powerfully danced piece” Fit Engine//Nov 2013
“A true work of art…brilliant mind for choreography” Broadway Dance World//Aug 2013
“Company loaded with talent, well-crafted, very finely executed.” Oberon’s Grove//Aug 2013
“I was enthralled-held captive… I MUST give this performance my highest accolades” Dance Enthusiast//Aug 2013
Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance – New York, NY
Certificate of Completion- Professional Training Program//Aug 2007
Manhattanville College – Purchase, NY
Bachelor of Arts in Dance & Theater//May 2005
NIC International College – Tokyo, Japan