About YTM

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COMPANY PROFILE

Yayoi Hirano and her company have performed for international and national festivals including in Germany and Slovakia and her performances have toured parts of Asia and North America. Hirano has performed in numerous works including Four Seasons (2005, Scotia Bank Dance Centre), Mothers (2007, Waterfront Theatre), Shinju (2008, Performance Works), Alms (Vancouver Fringe) and Gauche the Cellist (2009, Vancouver Island).

Hirano has also collaborated with numerous international artists including Artistic Director of Kokoro Dance, Jay Hirabayashi (2010), Performer, Manami Hara (2008), Canadian photographer Courtney Milne (1995), Japanese Jazz musician Terumasa Hino (1996) and Halina Witek (Holland 1997,1998).

Her collaboration with Bulgarian actor Nikolai Sotirov in both Japan and Bulgaria was awarded Bulgarian Experimental and Avant-garde Performance Art in 2001.

One of her work, “Identity”, looked at the life of late Japanese Canadian painter, Roy Kiyooka. For this project Hirano collaborated with Jay Hirabayashi of Kokoro Dance and several other artists from music and visual arts backgrounds. The workshop presentation was shown at Centre A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in April 2010 and the final presentation was shown in May 2011 at the Arts Club Revue Stage on Granville Island.

In May 2010, she worked with Vancouver Opera on their production of Madama Butterfly as a movement coach.

A life long dream to present a Greek tragedy in Kabuki style let to Yayoi’s collaboration with director Peter Hall of Mortal Coli to produce Medea/Rokujo in November 2013 at the Orpheum Theatre Annex.

Yayoi did the research about Japanese dance performance supported by Canada Council 2014 for two month in Japan, final performance  as “OKUNI-Mother of Kabuki” in March 2017 at Studio 1398.

2017, Yayoi performed as a guest for Sara Davis Buechner’s concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Centre in June Ibert’s “Histories” and received a great review from NY Times. This program was presented in Washington DC on April 10 at Freer Gallery of Art (Smithsonian Museum), on May 10 Victoria Music at Wentworth Villa, and on July 29 at the “Orford Music Festival” near Montreal.

Yayoi started to work “Comedia” since 2018 November at Visual Space with Cellist Marina Hasselberg as a working progress, and performed second one on May 2019. The final “Comedia 2020” was at The Dance Centre on Feb. 21 & 22 2020.

Since 2011 to 2017, Yayoi and her company have participated in the Canada Day Parade presenting a traditional Japanese festival dance “Vancouver Ondo” with over 100 dancers.

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COMPANY MANDATE

■ To educate and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts by providing traditional and/or contemporary Japanese dance and theatre performances

■ To provide instructional workshops on Noh, Kabuki, Kagura and mime movement

■ To educate and provide opportunities for dancers and choreographers with opportunities to develop through theatrical performances) it also, by way of cross cultural collaboration and experimentation

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