Yoshito Sakuraba is a visionary force in the world of contemporary dance, celebrated as both the founding artistic director of Abarukas and an acclaimed award-winning choreographer. Hailing originally from Japan, Yoshito embarked on his artistic journey in the heart of New York City, igniting a career that has since spanned the globe, captivating audiences in Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, Israel, Mexico, and the United States.
Yoshito's exceptional talent has graced prestigious stages worldwide, including the illustrious Joyce Theater, BAM Fisher, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jacob's Pillow, Kaatsbaan, and the McCallum Theater, where he dazzled audiences at the Palm Desert Choreography Festival. His creative prowess has garnered him numerous accolades, including the coveted Best Choreography Award at the FINI Dance Festival in Italy and the Audience Award at the Masdanza International Contemporary Dance Festival in Spain. Notably, he has triumphed as a winner of NW Dance Project's Pretty Creatives and Whim W'Him's Shindig competitions.
Beyond his own company's repertoire, Yoshito has been entrusted with commissions from esteemed institutions and companies around the world. His innovative choreography has graced the stages of renowned organizations such as the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich, DAF in Rome, Lamondance in Vancouver, Louisville Ballet, Ballet Arkansas, Ballet Des Moines II, Newport Contemporary Ballet, Litvak Dance, Levy Dance, Pony Box Dance Theater, Modas Dance, Kit Modus, Nimbus Dance, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, and Graham II.
Yoshito's passion extends to nurturing the artistic expressions of emerging talents, and he has been invited to inspire and instruct at esteemed institutions such as the Joffrey Ballet School, Alvin Ailey/Fordham University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Peabody at Johns Hopkins University, Marymount Manhattan College, Barnard College, Vassar College, Reed College, DLNY, MOVE l NYC, and Steps on Broadway Conservatory.
His dedication to the craft recently led to a prestigious commission from the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts in Michigan, reaffirming his status as a trailblazer in the world of contemporary dance. Yoshito's artistry has not gone unnoticed by the media, with features on NY1 News and Bric TV on Spectrum Cable Channel showcasing his exceptional talent.
Currently, Yoshito Sakuraba imparts his wisdom and artistry as an esteemed educator at both the Martha Graham School and the Joffrey Ballet School. His enduring impact on the world of dance and his commitment to nurturing the next generation of artists serve as a testament to his enduring legacy in the realm of contemporary dance.
"Abarukas a company the dance world must keep a very close eye on"- Wonderful World of Dance
Abarukas' choreographic style blends the tranquility of traditional influences with the energy of contemporary dance. They are especially drawn to the subtle undertones of a performance that remain unseen but leave an indelible mark on the audience. At the heart of the choreographic narrative is a deep fascination with characters entwined in conflict and tragedy. There is an undeniable magnetism in exploring the depths of such characters; they offer a mirror to our vulnerabilities, strengths, and the myriad shades of our humanity. When the stage is illuminated, it's not merely a spotlight on the performers—it's a light cast on the age-old struggles and aspirations that reside within all of us.
In choreographic pursuits, the Company strives for more than just movement; they aim to craft otherworldly spectacles brimming with imagination. Through dance, they explore poignant images and metaphors, crafting narratives resonating with emotions like love, laughter, and human tribulations. Their works engage audiences, drawing them into a universe where tension escalates to its climax, communicated powerfully through dance and music.